New Start for a New Year and a New Season!

Fresh new boards ready and waiting!

It’s a New Season

What happens when you try and bring the old things into the new season? Frustration, that’s what.

When I moved to TX several years ago, I brought with me a stack of partially completed paintings. Because of my process, this is not all that unusual to have many pieces at various states in process. I’ve been trying to choose a few to finish so as not to be wasteful.

It’s not worked super well.

Especially last year.

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Well, I guess you better call me crazy, then! Ha!

Except, I finally realized what my problem has been.

The pieces aren’t bad.

They’re not the wrong size or shape.

My colors haven’t changed.

It’s just that they were from the past. Not the present.

And my creativity was stifled by that restriction.

It’s a good thing God is patient and merciful! Once I realized what the problem was, I got out some fresh new boards, and got to work.

Fresh, new paint!

They’re the same paints that I’ve nearly always used, but they feel so bright and fresh again! I’m loving it!

I’m winning!

And I’m winning – I’m not going to beat myself up over my slowness to get it, I’m just going to celebrate the fresh new start for this brand new year! I’m not going to get caught up in “should haves” or even “shoulds”. I’m just going to move forward and see what new things unfold as I embrace the new.

Are you winning?

Is there anything you’ve tried to bring with you into this year that should have been left behind in the last one? Find it. Get rid of it.

Grab you a new board – a new start.

And slap some paint all over that thing!