With taking a break and making time to work on some personal projects in mind, I pretty much cleared July and August of most major obligations so I could do a few things that were on my plate that I haven't had time for.
|The Purpose Filled Life 6x6 painting on wood|
And of course, as I cleared the path, the path filled up with things for me to do. Which, by the way, isn't a bad thing to be busy, to be needed, to have things to do. But there are always the surprise things that come up that aren't as welcomed which eat up time you were supposed to be doing other things. Like for example, one of my hosting sites for my online classes closing down tomorrow (July 31st as a matter of fact) Yep. So that has encompassed my mind, my time, and my work obligations for the better part of the month.
|Looking out on Chautauqua Lake while eating lunch with my family back home in NY|
Even still...I've managed to take two mini vacations with my family and my sons.....create lots of art, play a bit with friends, work on new pieces, and organize my studio. Oh...and make way for a new venture coming up in September locally. The new venture is something that I hadn't planned on either, now that is a very good thing to counterbalance the bad thing. Even with the surprise move by one of my website partners, I found a solution through 2 other dynamic individuals who are working very hard with me to make the move for a few of my classes as seamless as possible. So there again, we have some light shining down even though the big picture at first glance wasn't so bright.
Rolling with the punches and trusting you will figure out your next move in life is half the battle. I try not to get consumed by the what ifs but when they happen, the best thing to do is to be decisive in your steps and make the move toward problem solving. I use this technique in my art as well. I don't always know what to do. I don't always know what color to use or which brush stroke to take. But after I evaluate my choices, I make a decision and then I make the decision work. I figure it out. And if I don't figure it out perfectly, I try something else.
|Figuring out something else...I tweaked this older painting a bit this month "Explore" and enhanced the previous version.|
The alternative to not figuring out problems in art or life is to stand still and fall down. Or just simply stay where you are while the rest of the world keeps on moving.
I wanted to take this time to showcase some of the things I did in July with my family, friends, and my art...yes just some of the things. I thought at first I did practically nothing in the month but when I looked back at all 462 of my July photos (I catalog by the month), I realized, even a month not filled to capacity with have to's, can be filled with memories that will last longer than an overgrown to do list.
So here's a walk through Jodi's July......
|My oldest son Zach...on vacation with us in NY at my Mom's|
|Zach's girlfriend Chelsea came with us for our family vacation.|
|My youngest son, Josh, who obviously does not like his picture being taken.|
I don't have a lot of pictures of my Mom....so this one is extra special to me. While in NY, her and I snuck off for a little event at one of our favorite wineries in Westfield, NY "21 Brix"....love that place, if you are in the neighborhood..do stop in.
I ran into my pops in NY (he lives in Florida when not visiting his other half in PA)...we always seem to run into each other in July every other year or so in NY....other than that, sadly we don't see each other any more.
Our week back in NY was quiet yet busy. Remarkable but yet peaceful. It was just what I needed before getting back and hustling my bootie for a week in between my next trip. During that 'down', week I did tons and tons of art.
I mean, look at all these 'kids' I brought into the world!!! And this is just a smidgen....there's more:
Here's my piece that was born from our play date. I love it...it's called "The Flow of Life". I've been thinking a lot about the 'Flow' lately so I'm sure you'll see variations of the ideas come out in my pieces for awhile as I work through some 'internal' stuff.
I journaled a ton in July too...again, just working out things in my head but also getting ready for some mini classes I'll be holding locally soon....stay tuned for that! :)
|The Last 20 Miles 20x20 on canvas|
This is one of my last art 'renovations' before Josh and I headed off to the mountains for a few days with one of his buddies. The one arty week I had at home sure was productive now that I look back. I left out a few pieces even. I think I do work better under a deadline now that I reflect back on the last 30 days. I didn't really have a deadline so to speak, but at the same time, I knew that in order for me to take time off this month, I had to create as much if not more in the time not on vacation to keep things rolling in the business. That's the thing, it's ONLY YOU to do things, so if you don't do it...nothing happens. The blessing and curse of a solo- entrepreneur!
I sometimes think one can 'float' their worries and stresses away.
These pictures do not even really do the scene justice.
We all had a blast.
Speaking of mountain tops...our last adventure during our trip to the mountains was over to "The Gorge" in Saluda, NC for a day of Ziplining (The Gorge has the steepest ziplining course in all of North America...whoowee, right!!!) . I mean the boys did it...lol...not me! I was the camera girl! I asked Josh to put a few things down on a list for the summer of what he'd like to do and not that we could do everything, but I'd try to do some of the things for him and ziplining was on the no bummer summer list.
I'm so glad we went because it was a really great experience for us all, we all did things that were outside of our comfort zone and we experienced a part of the state we hadn't been to before so it was a true adventure. Not to mention the fact we got to spend time together and away from most distractions.
|The Simple Life 20 x 20 acrylic on canvas|
And now, here we are are at the end of July and I've been back to work for a little over a week now, finishing tons of paintings, but mostly working on changing my online classes over to the new venues, you know doing things that require a lot of work behind the scenes but nevertheless are part of what it takes to make all the moving parts of our careers operate on a day to day basis.
I almost started off the blog by apologizing for not being around much this month...but the truth of the matter is, I was purposefully kinda quieter socially so I could take care of my inner world.
The next big thing is just around the corner...I can feel it.
Question of the day, what was your July like? Did you take time out to enjoy life??? I hope so!!
Stop by the shop for LOTS of new art!!!
|Summer by the River 24 x 24 acrylic on canvas|