Monday, March 8, 2010

Spring Refreshment: Moving Forward

I'm sure you've noticed by now that I haven't posted in a while. In fact, it's been over a month since my last post. That's because I haven't been drawing. Unless you count the doodling I do in church on Sundays... ^_^;

After a long, busy week (shadowing for a nanny job, preparing for and leading in youth ministry, cooking, cleaning, etc.), Adam and I were wiped out by Friday night. So, Saturday was our day. We decided to sleep in and just take it easy. We made pancakes for breakfast (at lunchtime), went for a walk on the old railroad tracks behind our apartment, went to the printmaking senior show, Under Pressure, at Hartford Art School, went out for sushi, and finally turned in for a movie and ice cream. It was a great day.

Where is the inspiration you ask?

Well, with warm weather steadily approaching, and with the sun shining more and more after so many gloomy winter days, I have had a new spark in my soul. An energy I only feel when fresh air is finally allowed in through the windows, and when a sweatshirt is sufficient enough for taking a walk. It's like the sky is a little bluer or something, or like the sun warms my soul enough to lift the cold state of depression from my ever-shivering body. It is such a relief! Just as the trees know when to start budding, so can I feel in my bones when my mental winter is over.

With the feeling of spring in me, I have a refreshed desire to draw and make art. The longer I am away from it, the more I want to do it. While we were at the printmaking show Saturday night, I ran into some old professors. They asked how I was doing and if I was still making art. After telling them I hadn't been, they gave me some very encouraging words. They encouraged me to keep working, not to be discouraged by life after school. Just keep doing what you're doing, they said. In combination with their advice, I got to see the artwork of the senior printmakers. It had been a while since I'd been to a show, so I was inspired by the beautiful pieces to continue making my own work again.

Right now, I am full of new ideas and a desire to draw again. I will be starting research on the March Challenge today, and hopefully do some sketches of today's walk with Adam.

Goals for this week:

- Research and brainstorm for the March Challenge
- Walks with Adam
- Draw
- Eat Healthy

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