Thursday, August 14, 2008

Something

Here's what I've decided: something is better than nothing.  Sometimes I (perhaps, we) stress over getting everything done, or not doing it right so we choose to do nothing instead.  This applies to both the important and the insignificant.     

Here's an example...We had lived in our new apartment over 2 months and I was still getting stuff hung on the walls.  I kept waiting because I wasn't quite sure how I wanted things arranged and maybe I should consult Domino and a slew of design blogs to make sure it would look right and on and on... I finally got sick of this stuff sitting on a shelf waiting to be hung, so I hung it.  And it looks fine...good even.  A lot better than sitting on the shelf not being hung.  So just doing it (something) was better than not doing it (nothing).  I'd rather having it hanging on the wall looking stupid, rather than not hanging on the wall looking even more stupid.

Another area of my life this philosophy applies is painting.  I'm a painter.  At least I was in college and now that I have a baby and a husband and a small apartment I also have a handful of excuses of why I can't paint.  I need the right environment...my style requires a certain amount of time...and I'm so out of practice it won't be very good and blah, blah, blah.  Every day I don't paint I wonder, what would I have created today?  By not creating I've lost something that would have only come through me on that day and in that way and when it's gone, it's gone.    

I've finally decided that I would rather have something vs. nothing.  Even if they're terrible paintings, I will feel better not thinking what if?  Maybe they'll be awful, but what if they're not?  So I've given myself a set of parameters to help me in this new project.  These new parameters help erase many of the old excuses of time and space.  I have 15 minutes to formulate and sketch my idea, then 1 hour to execute.  For those of you who know my previous work this is a departure from my usual style, but I'm excited and honestly I think it will be nice to have some instant results for once.  I'm not going to get into subject matter too much, but I'll just say that most of these paintings will revolve around motherhood in one sense or another.  Last night was my first successful go at it and ta-da....here it is.  "Blocks in the Bathroom."  It's not earth shattering, but it felt good.  I'll keep posting new work as they come.  Right now my target is 1 per week.  



What's it gonna be kids... Something or nothing?  

13 comments:

  1. Love it Miggy... I would love to learn how to oil paint. You'll have to put on a family art class next time we are all together!

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  2. You did that in an hour!? That's incredible! I am very glad you are painting again. You are very good!

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  3. that exactly what i(a perfect stranger) needed to hear. i'm off to see what i can get done in my sewing room before naptime is over!

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  4. That's really something.

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  5. Miggy i am really proud of you. This has really inspired me. Thank you!

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  6. I love how you make the most of your free time....I wish I would've done more of that when I was mother of 1.:) Funny that the subject of your post is painting because yesterday I saw a blog that my sis referred me to and she has really cool paintings that reminded me of something you would do. Or maybe it's not your style, but it seemed to me like something you'd create...so check it out and see what you think.
    http://shaunaclewis.blogspot.com/

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  7. Crombie--Funny I actually know her...small world.

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  8. Umm...fantastic. I love this. It is so simple...something is better than nothing! Thank you.

    PS-Coming to Big A in October. Perhaps a run-in at the Columbus Circle chapel is in order.

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  9. Molly--Yes yes yes! Run in? Shoot you're coming over for dinner. If you want and if you have time. Hmmm...how can I get you my email anonymously....are you on facebook?

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  10. that only took one hour? are you going to sell your paintings? p.s. i still see your paintings in the library (hbll) and I love them.

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  11. completely inspiring... :)_

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  12. Thanks all. I'm feeling the love...

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  13. I vote for something!

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