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August 12 in 12 selection - Art!

Friday, August 10, 2012

I actually blogged about this on my Other Blog

a week ago - but I thought perhaps I would re-post some of that blog here, just in case someone wondered ...

My August pick is this:

8. Draw 20 minutes a day. I will never get any better if I don't practice every day

As busy as I've been all summer, I just haven't felt very creative or artistic. Yes I know - there is creativity in problem solving, creativity in making a work environment where other people can blossom, creativity in organizing (and yes, creating) a beautiful room (I promise - photos soon) out of a cluttered hot mess. But in the traditional, hands on sense of creating, I just haven't been there. I even took a precious day off 2 weeks ago and met up with a girlfriend with the intention of painting au plein air, but it didn't happen - we just used the time to catch up on each other's lives. But we did come up with the idea of doing a 20 minute sketch every day in August and emailing it to each other. (As all Spark People know) It helps to make a promise to someone else when I try to effect a change and yet, I'm still shy enough about my own skills and talents to go slow with something like drawing and painting. Also - doing artwork play is very difficult for me. I can easily spend an entire weekend scrubbing out dirty kitchens ... but playing with art takes more initial thrust than getting the Saturn Moon Launch up. We need not go into all the reasons why I have such a hard time letting myself do the perfectly innocent things I want to do - suffice it to say that I have to make a duty out of play before I can actually play. At least I do make it a duty - or part of a list - or a public commitment ... and once I get over the initial fear of getting caught out not werkwerkwerking, I sometimes get pretty good at this play stuff.

As for my other 7 habits - here's the score card on them

1 Track my food ---Habit emoticon
2. Daily prayer --- Not yet a habit emoticon
3. Drink enough water --- Habit emoticon
4. Exercise --- Habit emoticon
5. Compliment someone every day --- Not even close to a habit emoticon
6. Select a Big Life Goal and take one step towards it --- Not yet a habit emoticon
7. Charles Schwab List --- Habit emoticon

Not a perfect record but not bad either - and at least I can see where I want to put in some extra effort.

And as proof that I'm drawing every day - here's one of them.
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  • JLITT62
    You are very talented!

    I just read an article, not too long ago, about a person who emails someone every day to say they've written for 2 hrs . . . was thinking I need to do something like that (not writing).
    2136 days ago
    Succeeding in some areas is better than not succeeding
    at all. You have made a good start so keep on SParking!
    2137 days ago
  • SHEILA1505
    Oh my, why on earth do you belittle your talent??
    Love the picture, Bess
    2138 days ago
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