Monday, December 28, 2015

"Doing" in 2016, Because There "Is No Try."

Hello all!

I hope that your holidays have been good so far. Only one more to go, the 'big one' as far as goals and dreams and aspirations and the desire to retool life in the new year to make it better.

One of the things I want to be sure I do in 2016 is actively make space in my mind and heart to create. Life can quickly become cluttered and there are time wasters all around... one of the things I felt for a long time was wasting my time and energy was setting things up so I could paint. You see I've long been painting on a series of TV trays set up in the middle of what would be the dining area if we lived like normal people. But I live here, so we live as people do in the home of a student of art and writing and life; among things and books and memories.

I realized the setting up and putting away of these trays was not only taking energy away from my painting but it was also hurting my back, lightweight though they may be. I mentioned to my husband that I wished I had a dedicated art table, but didn't know where on earth one could go in our small apartment.

Well, as part of my Christmas presents, on Saturday he did some online research and found the perfect desk to fit between my bookshelves in the corner by a window. He had me pick out a chair I liked and a lamp as well and we brought the lot home from Ikea and he spent the next hours putting it all together and making it all fit.

It fits perfectly.

I've already painted my first canvas there; showing below: It's called "See the Light" and it's inspired by the Disney movie Tangled. It's meant to be a background for the Rapunzel doll that I also got for Christmas (she sings and her hair glows when you touch the lantern in her hand. It's. Awesome.)

I can make collages in this new space, I hope to art journal and maybe even take the laptop over and write there for a change of perspective now and again.

A change of perspective is the greatest hope I have for the coming year. Because we can't always change the way things are but at least we can do our best to change the way we look at them.

I'm choosing to do. Because there is no 'try', as a wise being once said. 

I've even decided that even if I can only crochet one or two rows a day, that after awhile I'll have a blanket, and that is something I can give to someone else. Like I once did, long ago only in a smaller way. It's better than not doing it at all. My first attempt to return to a hook and thread is in progress, though my eyes ache for it, it's worth it...

Yes. "Do, or do not. There is no try." 

I will do my best in 2016.

And on that note, I leave you with these notes... "Kylo Ren" playing The Final Countdown on flaming bagpipes while balancing on BB-8. In the rain.

I don't know why it is, it just is.

Happy New Year's Week, everyone.




  1. LOVE love love your Rapunzel background. It's just perfect. And I think your crochet is pretty nice. Practice long enough and I bet you can do it automatically just by feel. That might help your eyes some. Have a great new year buddy.

    1. Thank you for reading and for your kind words, my friend. I hope 2016 is very kind to you! xoxo bru

  2. That canvas you painted is so pretty. Fits your new Rapunzel doll perfectly! Also, best of luck with all the crocheting! I cross-stitch, so I know how time-consuming such a crafty thing can be. Hope you have a very productive 2016, no matter what you set out to do!

    1. Thank you so much, Heather! I admire anyone who can cross- stitch, even before my vision went I would never have had the patience it requires. Such a great art! I wish you all the best in the coming year. xoxo bru

  3. How lovely. If I may use a terrible cliche, where there's a will, there's a way. You and Saint March made it happen! I hope you have a lovely time creating in your new nook. <3


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