Wednesday, October 9, 2013

OCTOBER and TEXTURE in painting

WOW, October 9th and I'm just getting my October calendar page made! Oops!  I already see a birthday that didn't get a cupcake! SORRY DIANA!  I'll fix that! Thank goodness I didn't forget my friend and co-grandma...just her cupcake!

October has been a busy month so far!  I started a new part time job at Hallmark! Sometimes you have to do what you have to do!!  LOVE MY JOB, and my BOSS Jenna and my CO-WORKERS!  I'm having fun, but it means a busy schedule, and better organization (yep, 9 days late on calendar page!)...but I'll get there!

With the new job comes new realizations that I'm not 20 anymore and can't juggle as many things as I used to...sigh...BUT, I remain positive that with a little focused organization and some carefully decided no's I will be able to produce art, work, keep the house (and all that goes with that job), and enjoy some ME time too!!  HOW do you ask...??? Well, take care of myself first...I've been fighting some allergies and other various sick stuff...so I had to re-evaluate what I can do; the first thing was to get better rest, and proper medication to take care of various sicknesses...that has begun to work! YAY! Second was to make a hard decision that I just can't juggle health issues and work and such AND do demos and workshops right now...so, mainly due to illness I had to cancel my demo on PAPER CASTING for Ken Caryl.  I HATE to cancel things, but my body just couldn't do it...so, no more of those for the time being...at least until I get used to the new life!  It's OK to say no to things, to back up and take care of yourself...I feel bad, but my body said no! SIGH.!  Sorry Ken Caryl! I know they wanted me to double up on my medication and do it anyway, but the toll would have been too much...I think I just need to say no upfront from now on...for awhile...


SO, with my "day off" I am beginning a painting for our house...Remember the 7th anniversary hinged doors we bought each other? WELL...I've been wanting to paint something to hang next to it...and I'm needing a simpler format; for me anyway; and that translates to painting a simple landscape with the white barn that I photographed from the bottom of our neighborhood...
The format will be a long skinny...36" x 12"...and the FUN thing is I am going to play with texture a little...
 
I was inspired to put texture in this piece when I saw a painting of a tree landscape at my husbands dentist office that used texture in this way; sort of...some funky texture bits spanned across the piece and other things, but it inspired me to do things MY WAY, but using the idea...It will break up the long part of the foreground, keeping it simple "ish"...STAY TUNED...I'm going to paint today! FUN DOINS!
 
Another part of the no's I have to incorporate in my new circumstances is that I have to wait a bit to see my beautiful daughter and hubby and my sweet Paxton; who is 2 already!!  No trips for awhile...I miss my family, but gotta work,...So, I'm not just saying no to demo's!  And, my kids aren't asking me to double up on my medication and come anyway! HA (oops, my angst is showing...sorry!)  So, my little guy is reading after naps now...he's just such a delight...so, for those of you who ask to be updated on him...here he is with my girl wishing me happy happy on my first day of work!!  I love my family!!
 
SO, the thought for the day is TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, because there is only ONE of you, and IF you DON'T you will not be able to do anything for anyone!!  WHEW...
 
HAPPY CREATING!!



3 comments:

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Goodness, Saundra. So much going on in your life. I wish you the best, always. I'm glad you are keeping some creativity in there, too. You are amazing!

CrimsonLeaves said...

Oh I do hate that you had to get a part-time job, Saundra. You'll get into your groove soon enough, I hope. Paxton looks adorable with all his hair.

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Thanks girls! I am having fun! I don't know how amazing I am, but I love new things! No worries Crimson Leaves...everything for a reason, and we make it what we choose to...and I choose FUN! Paxton is surely a cutie pie!!

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