A round tuit, or procrastination

"Just do it!"  ~ Nike

We've all used and heard the phrase "when I get around to it." Years ago, when I was a little girl, my Dad brought home a little round thingy similar to this:

Now, I don't ever recall my Mom using this phrase a lot; she was and is a good housekeeper and always got things done. It was probably just my Dad's being funny, which he frequently was. As I began another piece of art the other day, the phrase "when the spirit moves me," kept running through my head and, the more I thought about it, the more the "round tuit" phrase kept coming up; two different ways of saying the same thing. Below is a detail shot of this latest work in progress, "When the Spirit Moves Me," and you'll see some "round tuits" in it, my version of them anyway. Procrastination can be a crippling thing, and I've learned, just like the Nike people said, to "just do it!" 

Sticking to it

"Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality."  ~ George Hopkins

Commitments run the gamut--from a commitment to ourselves (perhaps in the form of a New Year's resolution) to a commitment to another person (perhaps in the form of a wedding ring). Commitments can be hard, and they often involve sacrifice on our part. But the only way to achieve anything significant is to commit ourselves to it. If we never make any commitments, we never do anything significant. Commitments are beautiful because they are proof of a full life.  ~ from Positive Quotes for Every Day by Patricia Lorenz

What are you committed to? For me, for the last two years, I've been committed to finding my voice, my signature style. There are so many art styles that I love, that it's hard to choose one to focus on. I've always been fascinated by abstract art, but I've never been very good at it, so my focus for the last two years has been learning about abstract styles and trying them on for size to see which ones I love doing. My commitment to abstract painting has led me to more intuitive painting, to see where the colors, forms, and shape take me in a painting, and I've had a blast. Below is my first really intuitive painting, and one I'm keeping as a reminder of my commitment to my art. I encourage you to think about your commitments; your relationships, your passions, your commitment to yourself to grow. Please feel free to comment and tell me what you're committed to!


"All Mixed Up," mixed media on canvas. Private collection of the artist.

"All Mixed Up," mixed media on canvas. Private collection of the artist.