So we’re already into the 3rd day of 2009

To date…I have blogged every day. Go me! Don’t expect dissertations every day, it just simply is not going to happen.

That being said, I wanted to update you on my progress on my 3 previous stated “to do” list items:

I am on schedule with taking 1 picture every day. I knew I would take WAY MORE than 1 picture per camera use. It is just something I do. The kids can never say I never take their pictures. Alas, the point is to GET THE CAMERA OUT every day and use it. I really want to learn to use it with more detail. I was talking to my brother-in-law, Jeff, on Christmas about how I thought it would be interesting to do something like catalog photography. There is this project out there called Project 365 (you can read about it via the link) and really it is a neat concept. A new way of looking at things so to speak. So that’s the goal.

Like I’ve already said, I’ve blogged every day so far. At least once. I should really admit here that I will probably blog multiple times a day if I am inclined. The hard part will be blogging when I am not inclined to do it.

I suppose there really should be clarification on the entire “use my artistic abilities more” concept. The fact is that artistic comes in many shapes and varieties. I’ll isolate it here for you. I want to use my drawing/painting/sculpting abilities more often.

I realized that I hadn’t “really” drawn in over 10 years. It has been SO LONG! Yes, the skills did get very rusty and I am not ready to take the training wheels off again – yet. The fact is that I have realized that I never learned the finer points of “drawing” or whatever. I learned by watching and doing without understanding how or why. I suppose those with pure talent get by just fine on that. I, however, haven’t done much of anything in this arena [consistently] in over 10 years. It does help motivate one when they have a child that is just fascinated by it. It helps. If you don’t think it does, find yourself someone you love dearly that can guilt you into picking it back up again. OK, so Kyle did nothing to guilt me into it, but he made me realize that it is time to pick the pencils and paint brushes back up again.

I’ll be honest, lately, I am more into digital art. The thing is, I feel flat and uncreative sometimes. I just get that good ole “writer’s block” going on and the motivation just flies right on out the window. The same thing happens to all creative people from time to time. Some more than others. I so have the “creative block” going on right now. I want it gone, but you can’t will it away. As a preemptive attempt to stave it off, I bought myself the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain for Christmas. Thank you to my sweet husband, Ben, for graciously giving me the gift I bought myself. *giggle* I’ve been reading it and have found it enlightening on many fronts. I’ve been working through the exercises in the book. I’m interested in checking out New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook: Guided Practice in the Five Basic Skills of Drawing as well.

I might not be painting with oils tomorrow. Heck, it might not even be wall worthy for sometime to come. The point is that I am working on it. My hope is that this will feed over into the digital art arena fairly quickly and I’ll start to “grow” in those areas as well. One can always hope, anyway.

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