Saturday, January 21, 2006

I'm Back!

Well here we are the end of week 2 of The Artist's Way... I can't believe how fast it is going. I am going to start my blog today with this week's check in.

#1. This week I did my morning pages 5 out of 7 days. The first day that I missed I just completely forgot about it and then yesterday I didnt do them as I didnt feel well and it just wasn't part of my truth. I am still proud of myself for sticking with the. I am not resistant to this piece of the work.

#2. I did not do my artist's date this week and I honestly feel increadibly guilty about it. I know now that scheduling it for Friday does not work. I need to do my artist's date on Wednesday or Thursday morning. Next week I will make it a priority.

#3. Nothing new is really coming in for me this week. The continued theme is finding balance and I seem to be pushed in the direction of painting which is pretty exciting!

So there it is. I am looking forward to doing the reading for week 3 today. I am stuck at work for 12 hours so I should have plenty of time to absorb the information. So now I want to talk about my last couple of days. Yesteday I had a wonderful morning with my friend Erin. We went up to Freeport and had tea with her parents and then I was allowed to raid the closet filled with her aunts old art supplies. I ended up with a rather large selection of oil and acrylic paints and some canvases. I am very excited about this however I am also a touch nervous. I am afraid of the oil paints cuz I dont know anything about them as far as maintaining brushes ect and even the acrylics because I have no idea what kind of paper to use or anything. So next week I shall have to make a trip down to the art store and speak with someone there and hopefully get some help without looking like an idiot.. hmmm we'll see I get really anxious about stuff like this.

ON another note, my husband and I had "date night"on Wednesday night. It was really really lovely. We snuggeled in at home and played Scene It (which I am now obsessed with) and ate mexican casserole (which I am now also obsessed with) It was so nice to just spend a couple of hours together without his stress from nursing school and my stress from (well just from being me I guess) anyway, that was that and it was lovely for that matter.

I also started working on a multimedia collage for Melba's page this week under the theme "this is me" Unfortunately I did not get it all together and will not have time by Monday so I am really disappointed about that. I had planned to finish it Thrusday or Friday but it didn't work out. On Thursday I found out that my surgery will be on March 1st and I have a bunch of pre-op stuff on Feb 9th. Now knowing the date has made the whole surgery bit very very really which is kind of yucky. Then on Friday I started my new medication Effexor and it made me feel a bit under the weather for the afternoon and evening. In fact I went to bed at 6pm :( So I guess I should say I had some really nice moments this week but I also had some disappointments and today I am feeling the disappointments more. I guess part of it is adjusting to the new medication and getting back into the swing of working and whatnot but I am just feeling kinda down today. SO I am going to leave it at that and try to get into The Artist's Way week 3 and see where the day takes me. I hope all is well with all of you lovely angels!

In love and light,


kat said...

seems like a lot of us had ups and downs this week. it's hard sometimes to focus on the positive (why is it so darn easy to focus on the negative stuff?), but try to be gentle with yourself. there's no need to feel guilty about the missed ad, however i think it's great that you're making it a priority this week. making yourself a priority is a good thing. :-)

wishing you a week of peace, creativity, and fun!!! :-)

p.s. sometimes when i'm trying out a new art medium, i go to the library and check out a ton of books on the subject. it usually helps it feel less scary and gives me some cool ideas!

Wendi said...

Jocelyn, I like Kat's idea above and I was going to suggest searching for info on the internet--I'm sure someone has a page or two out there about whatever you need to know.

The other thing I want to say is: don't worry about looking like an idot. Everybody is an idiot about something. In my experience, people are usually really open to helping me if I just say outright that I have no idea what I'm doing and I need help. If I try to pretend to know more than I do 'cuz I don't want to seem dumb, I don't get all the information I need.

Good luck!!

Jana B said...

"Scene It (which I am now obsessed with) and ate mexican casserole (which I am now also obsessed with)"

I LOVE SCENE IT!!!!!! We played it Sunday night and my team won.

Mexican Casserole... hmm... don't suppose you love your blog readers enough to share the recipe...?

Raiding a closet full of old art supplies??? Whew, sounds great!

I entirely know what you mean about getting anxious about asking questions to strangers about a subject you don't have too much background in... maybe writing down some of your questions beforehand would help? And if not, just picture me in there with you, standing by for support... laughing at absolutely nothing (as is my custom)... accidently knocking things over or bumping into them... fidgetting nervously...

And know I'm there with you in spirit!

Goddess of Leonie said...

hi jocelyn :)

just wanted to say HI and thank you for all the beautiful comments you've been leaving on leonie life .

i so dig that you are doing the artist's way too... i've just started myself :)


melba said...

Hi. Thanks for the comment on my blog. I didn't know you were interested in MMM. You can still participate.I plan on leaving the post This is me... up on the site so whenever you finish just email me. I know it feels good to complete something. In the coming weeks you can use some of those new products! I have never taken an art class and I have a bunch of supplies that I have bought over the years. I just do whatever with them; use any kind of brush or combination. Eventually I would like to know some "proper techniques" but mostly I just experiment and have fun.

erin said...

i had a fabulous time Friday. Good luck with the paints! I hope they work after all this time of being neglected in the closet!
Im looking forward to your creations.

harmonyinline said...

It is important to use separate brushes for oil painting and acrylics.
For both my acrylic and my oil painting brushes I use a bar of Ivory soap and lots of water to clean them when I am finished painting. While I am painting I rinse my acrylic brushes frequently in water. Acrylic paint dries fast so they need to be rinsed frequently to keep the paint from drying on them.
Oil painting brushes I keep in vegetable oil to keep them from drying while I am painting with them. Sometimes I keep them in vegetable oil overnight (not longer) as long as you are going to paint the next day. You can rinse your brushes while you are painting in turpentine or a similar product. You may want to use some kind of an odorless turpentine.

Good resources are
Daniel Smith or Dick Blick both of these companies have some on-line painting information as well as forums and good mail order catalogues.
You may also want to check out some books from your local library. It is helpful to look over the books before deciding if you want to buy them.

Endment said...

Thanks for your comments on my blog. Glad to have you drop by.

Sounds like you are having a lot of challenges. Keep up your courage.

"The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the way in which we use them." Adriana Doyle

Keep up the good work

liz elayne said...

have enjoyed reading your blog today - i appreciate the honesty you are sharing here. and i can so relate to this theme of balance.