GOAL – Complete my Domestic Art series by ArtWalk – December 2011.
COMMITMENT – Paint 30 minutes each day.
Day 1 – Was not able to make my commitment today. I felt like a failure, but the day was over scheduled and too long. I will have to create time to work in this commitment.
Day 2 – Worked on Summer for 45 minutes. I had not intended to continue to work on this painting as I had deemed it finished in August, but felt compelled to revise the background of the tree.
Day 3 – Was able to work for 30 minutes today, but did not accomplish much. I need to think about ways to make this task easier.
Day 4 – With my class, we worked on strategies to make our commitments more successful or easier to accomplish. Knowing ourselves is important to this process. Here is my list: 1. Clean off my work surface. The room I paint in is also the room in the house where things tend to get dumped. My work table holds far more than what I need to paint. 2. Sort and donate clothing. There are four large garbage bags full of clothes that must be sorted and donated or delivered to the resale shop. I have to step over these bags to accomplish my commitment. They must go. 3. Paint earlier in the day. This is a personal goal that impacts me and only me. Because it is personal, I have put it last on my daily to do list. I need to change my schedule to create a time that works better for success.
*NOTE – It was suggested by a student that I move my paiting activities to a place completely dedicated to creativity. He may be right. I should move this creative work to the studio. Something to think about.
Day 5 – It is always difficult to get things done on Friday. This is crash day for me. But, this week is different. Instead of painting, I worked for 5 hours on my grand-daughters Halloween costume. It was worth the sacrifice.
Day 6 – Good day. I succeeded in working 30 minutes today. I am working on the fall season piece and have the painting portion completed and looking forward to working on the textile work on this pieces. I need to take some time to make sure I have all the necessary materials.
Day 7 – Readied for Halloween. No painting and no thinking of painting.
Day 8 – Halloween and basketball wore me out. I CHOSE not to pain today. I am feeling good about the holiday, the fun, and its success, but not good about my painting progress. I am already thinking this commitment may be a mistake. What is making me this way is the pressure of completing my Christmas sewing and creating. I need to stay out of the stores as the holiday pressure is everywhere I turn while shopping.
Day 9 – Exhausted. Worked extra hours. Blocked out three hours to work! I accomplished a lot. The fall piece is really beginning to come together. Today is a good day.
Day 10 -It was difficult to find time to work on my painting today. I didn’t. Today was not a success. Hopefully, I can find time over the weekend to make up some time.