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Hodge Podge


I have been working on this self portrait for a little over a week. I can't decide if it really looks like me or not, and keep opening my art journal to add just a highlight or a shadow and end up changing a large part of it. The eyes are the most difficult to capture, I find; they really do seem to hold the soul of a person, even on paper.

I've been having quite a semester - I realized too late that I have completely overcommitted myself and that my capacity to do all of the things I initially said "yes" to is limited. I am tired and stressed and find that I have no time to do the things I love to do: read, paint, write, take photographs, blog. This is a clear message that I need to have realistic expectations of myself and that learning to say "no" is just as important as, say, eating well. My goodness, though, how hard that is!

Over the past few months I have been thinking about many big concepts and questions, the stuff of Plato and Aristotle. I wonder about what it means to be human, really - what our responsibilities and our gifts are, what it means to be a conscious being, and the relationships between the wealthy and the poor, affluent and struggling countries, and conflict and peace. There is so much suffering in the world, and I realize more and more every day how incredibly blessed I am to have the opportunities I do. You are blessed, too, dearest.

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Check out this good stuff:
  • Goddess Leonie's brand new book! I just bought a copy and reading it is like a dear friend whispering beautiful, kind things to me. It's only $10 for the next few weeks!
  • Have you signed up for the Sketchbook Project yet? I won't be participating in it this year due to my schedule, but I think you should take part and have your sketchbook tour the country!

5 comments:

  1. beautiful portrait! and the sketchbook project is SO cool!

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  2. Before I read your blog I looked at this painting and knew that it was a painting of you. You did wonderful work.

    It came at an interesting time in which I've been considering doing a self-portrait as well, but honestly instead of encouraging me to go ahead and do it you kind of scared me away. Yours came out so beautiful and I know I don't have the talent to ever to justice to my face.

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  3. Wow this is a wonderful painting, you are very talented. I think the hair and the ear especially are brilliant haha! v.impressed x

    www.pollybussell.blogspot.com

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  4. I love the artwork! Truly beautiful! I feel you have captured a unique part of yourself-wonderful!

    Take care and take rest-the things you love doing are what give the things you need to do meaning-have a great week!

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  5. I love the artwork! Truly beautiful! I feel you have captured a unique part of yourself-wonderful!

    Take care and take rest-the things you love doing are what give the things you need to do meaning-have a great week!

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