"Fate cast me to play the role of an ugly duckling with no promise of swanning. I have played my life as a comedy rather than the tragedy many would have made of it." ---Marie Dressler
I'll be getting back to work today. I have a few vague ideas for paintings I want to pencil out, and I have another project to poke at. I realized earlier that I completed 5 paintings in the month of July, with another full pencil finished work. I hadn't really realized how productive I had been! I hope to repeat that performance in August.
Possibilities for August? You decide what gets worked on!
Also, a question- Would there be interest in seeing progress shots of current work? ie, see the previous day's painting endeavors? Let me know!
I didn't get the art business post together yesterday that I wanted to; I keep forgetting to grab the magazine that had the information I wanted. So instead, I'd like to offer an article from Inc., regarding demographics, and how they impact small businesses. I think this information can really be applied to any endeavor that requires an audience, whether it be a blog, art, or whatever. It goes along with an article I want to write for tomorrow.
I've been reading Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods for the first time, and I have to say, it's really inspiring me to start walking more. Having just returned from the stunningly lovely Mt Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, I feel a deep craving for more recreational activities spent out of doors. While we were there, we went white water rafting- marking off something on my personal 'Bucket List', and did a little wandering around Heather Meadows up on Mt Baker. I used to be a lot more active when I was younger, before health issues and a sedentary lifestyle took its toll. I am not sure how I'm going to keep myself motivated; haikujaguar is doing the most awesome Spots the Space Marine Serial for herself. I'll think of something. :)
As regards to the rest of my day... I shall spend some time painting, and I have a doctor's appointment. I have some paperwork / file organization I need to do, perhaps this evening. I need to sit down at some point and figure out menus for the next two weeks, and assemble a grocery list so we can replenish the kitchen stores. Ahh, the minutiae of daily life.
I have posted photos of our white water rafting adventure on Picasa. I'm going through now and adding captions, but you can at least see where we were. :)
Sexism in Domestic Violence - This link isn't so nifty... it's actually quite horrifying. It never occured to me that men might have problems with domestic violence. Like many others, I always assumed that if it was happening, the male was the perpetrator and the woman/children the victims. This man's story was eye opening, and it reminded me a bit of roho telling me about the date rape seminar he was required to attend at his university as a freshman. The attitude taken at the seminar was essentially, "We know you're all rapists waiting to happen, so...". I've always wanted equality between the sexes, I wonder sometimes (especially now) if we're so hyper-aware of women's rights that we're inadvertantly trampling those of men.
You don't have to be the best! - Ahhh! I discovered this on a 'Declutter' blog that I enjoy, and... wow. I think Erin hits the nail squarely on the head. I have mediocre talents in many things; I sing, I play musical instruments, and I gave up these pursuits because I couldn't be the best. I have a highly competitive nature, and it bothers me not to be considered excellent at whatever I turn my hand to. At the same time, I do think it's important to recognize when we have a talent that doesn't perhaps reach to the levels of awesome that we'd like it to. We just need to learn to be happy with what we have. That's the hardest part. :)
Have a great day!