Writer’s Block is the culprit. Over the past months I’ve learned, accomplished and experienced so much yet I’ve struggled to get myself to this place where my fingers are once again typing a blog post. I’ve even considered giving up on the whole wordpress thing as life has evolved but in doing so I would be erasing seven years of this journey, 186 posts to be exact. In some ways I wonder if it would be a good thing to light an imaginary smudge stick and let the smoke envelope my ramblings. In so many other ways I am comforted to know that there is a chronicle of my slip into creative madness, a journal of sorts that my kids and my grandkids can use to avoid the pitfalls of the same condition unless of course they are also compelled to be Artists.
You may also find yourself at a junction where you are considering giving up your blog. If it has anything to do with something that you enjoy and are passionate about I offer you three things to consider before walking away.
- Before quitting be sure to ask yourself why you chose to start it in the first place. If your dreams and passions have changed then by all means burn the bridge and move forward but if you still hold close the same hopes and desires as you did then wouldn’t it make more sense to keep at it?
- Just because you blog has underperformed in the past doesn’t mean that it can’t be an important cog in the wheel in the future. Look for ways to make it fresh, alive and more convenient to add to. When was the last time you changed your banner, your bio or page theme? If your long winded posts don’t seem to be getting traction, look for ways to abbreviate them. Likewise, if the short one liners with a picture aren’t engaging your audience consider posting more substance, less often. When was the last time you checked to make sure your links to your other websites and social media are current? Chances are that if you give your blog some TLC, it will in return make a difference.
- If you have any followers at all chances are there are some who have been touched or encouraged by your outreach. They notice when you don’t post and wonder what became of you. Some will assume that you have given up on your dream and in some way that may take the wind out of their sails. Giving up on your blog also means giving up on those contacts.
Recent Paintings at The Gallery
If there is one virtue to growing older, it’s that I’ve learned to identify the things that make me happy as well as the things that do not. Finally, finally, finally I’m spending more time pursuing the former and less so the latter. What took me so long? Here are a few photos from my unplanned Monday Morning photo outing. I awoke to the expressive alignment Venus and of a waning crescent Moon and everything fell into place from there. Before it was all said and done, I had witnessed the most gorgeous sunrise from the edge of the crackling ice along the shore of a nearby lake.
As 2015 winds down, I find myself taking note of the things that make me happy and I’ve made a list of 16 things I want to accomplish in 2016. Here goes!
1. Move on from past mistakes
2. Appreciate NOW more
3. Spend more quality time with Family
4. Do something good for a Friend
5. Be a Peace Maker
6. Meet new People
7. Go places I’ve never been before
8. Go to familiar places and look for something new
9. Shoot More Pictures
10. Make More Videos
11. Pick up a brush and paint with reckless abandon
12. Be inspired by the work of others
13. Improve My Skills
14. Share my work with more people
15. Write more
16. Learn new things every day.
I woke up this morning feeling completely unprepared to meet a # Monday Mantra deadline. I apparently committed myself to a 52 week challenge a week ago and here I am on week #2 like a kid who didn’t study for the test. No worries, my Mantra materialized in the most organic way, through improvisation. Lately, my life has been about as predictable as the wind and I’m just going with it. I’m learning a lot of lessons about being flexible and looking for the positive things that I didn’t anticipate.
Ok, so I’m getting a bit of interest from others who like the idea and want to participate…this is exciting! I’m hoping that you will share your Monday Mantra in the comments below. It can be something that you have written or it can be a quote from another person, in which case credit should be given to the author. To give the other readers a little bit of context, I hope you will share a few words about the significance of the Mantra to you personally. Other than that, I’m a firm believer that rules are made to be broken. Hopefully, we will end up with a page full of interactive inspiration that all will benefit from.
“Metes And Bounds” – Acrylic on Canvas – 28″x20″
Pause, feel the warmth of the early summer sun, see the beauty of the “here”, reach out and touch the “now”. This moment is your point of beginning and from this place your journey will be like running prose.
You will traverse up hills and you will stroll through meadows, you will celebrate summits and you will pace through valleys. At first you will “zig”, thence you will “zag” in degrees and minutes yet not determined.
Monuments will be discovered and Markers will be placed from hence you stride for new hopes and dreams.
Terrestrial Law says that seasons will change and night will follow day. So too, in Metes and Bounds, the compass never forgets the point of beginning.
The landscape immediately to the East of I-25, between the cities of Pueblo and Trinidad (Colorado) is uncomplicated yet stunningly beautiful. Horizontal lines give way to plateaus, hills and canyons and the clouds of summer seem to reach up to heaven. There is something etherial and romantic about the High Plains. At first sight, the Pioneers of yesterday must have sensed more than ever that they had departed their old life, that their dreams of reaching the Rockies and beyond were coming to fruition, that anything was possible. For the same reasons I chose this scene as a way to express myself as I come to terms with the significance of my Daughters wedding day. This painting is for Casey and her new Husband Nace. I can’t help but to feel great about their future together when I visualize them working together in the field, harvesting crops or building fence. I rejoice when I see how happy they are simply being together, the best of friends.