One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

It had to be done. I’ve done it before, but it always stings a little. I sanded down part of my painting. That’s one advantage of working on metal. Mistakes can literally be removed. It takes some work, though, physically and mentally. Eeek…Image

Splits and Hurdles

In a yoga class this morning the instructor announced that we would be doing splits today. Excuse me? She wasn’t talking about banana splits. She meant real, my-body-doesn’t-do-that splits. Amid everyone’s protests she reminded us that in yoga, as in many things in life, it’s the journey that counts.

I’ve been craving instant gratification in another area. This picture:

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What is it with me and almost impossible pine cones??

which I feel will NEVER be finished. I can’t slide down into the splits and I can’t snap my fingers and make this painting finished. And if I could, what then? New poses that I can’t automatically do and new paintings the I can’t finish in a session.

Little by little I can work towards difficult poses and little by little I can conquer difficult paintings. I may never be able to fully do the splits, but my body will still benefit from mindful and careful attempts. I may never be a wildly successful and famous artist, but I will still benefit from daily brush strokes. There’s a reason why yoga is referred to as a “practice,” perhaps I should think of painting as a practice, too.

Proof- Spring is Coming!

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Proof- Spring is Coming!

TGIM! That’s “Thank goodness it’s March!” I’ve been getting a bad case of the Februaries. You know, that grumpy, restless, winter will never end feeling? It’s not as if I live in the frozen tundra. I live in Alabama and have yet to see barely anything you could call snow this year. But, all the same, Spring can’t come soon enough.

*Note: This is a new blog, but I am not a new blogger. For previous posts check out my former blog erinhardin.blogspot.com