Monday, August 1, 2011

weekly(ish) wonder

It's been a little over two weeks since I wrote my first weekly wonder.  I wonder what is taking so long for the next one?  Sure there are reasons.  I always have the "my computer broke" excuse.  Then there's the "dog ate my artwork" or maybe I should just blame it on the kids...they can't read so they will never know.  The reality, is that all of these things were a factor (except the dog, he does no wrong). 

The biggest truth in all of this is that I really love the weekly wonder.  It's forcing me to just paint.  Not always focus on a project or a have a specific kid in mind, but just paint what is interesting in general.  I have been wanting to build up a gallery for quite some time.  My goal for 2012 is hit an art show circuit and talk to as many parents, people and artists as I can.  I need a gallery for the art shows and have been struggling with how choose between the thousands of ideas that pass through me every day.  Plus, let's just face it, there are so many things fighting to be "the most important thing to do" so I usually put my own ideas off to do special things for the kids, finish jobs for customers, clean the house, do yard work, clean the get the idea.

The weekly(ish) wonder gives me just the push I need.  I thrive with a goal and a deadline.  Finally, I am painting my gallery with a purpose, the ideas are flowing and I am feeling inspired by the whole thing.  I am also learning to paint more efficiently and to use time that I didn't even know I had to get it done.  That being said, I will never complete a painting just to complete a painting and I will always let a project grow to it's potential.  The first two weekly wonder inspirations are growing into multiple painting collections.  Sometimes, these weekly wonders will take longer to a week to complete.  My goal, however, is to still get them out on a weekly basis.  I am trying not to let the fact that I slipped already set the tone for how this is going to go.  We'll just have to see.

Today, I am happy to present the first.  Since it's been a little while, here is where we left off...

From the July 14th post:  "Out of the blue my daughter yells, 'oh, my gosh!!! momma, a ladybug and it's on the grass!'  Picture this in the voice of a sportscaster announcing the winner of the Stanley Cup or World Series...perhaps a little higher in pitch and certainly more sweet...but with this level of excitement. Over a ladybug."

The result of that one moment:

...and this lonely painting needed some company soooo...

...and isn't everything better in threes? (well, almost everything!)
I am happy to report that my little lady was just as happy with the final paintings as she was with the original ladybug sighting. 

my girl
Since we are on the subject of Oakley, I thought I would share a momma moment that did my heart some good.  She has really been asking a lot of questions about what Daddy and I do with our time.  She knows Daddy goes to work every day so Mommy can stay home with her and her brother.  She also know that Momma will go downstairs to paint and lately I have told her a few times that "Mommy paints for her business".  The other day she was coloring (and she is really, really good by the way...I will share a brag picture in a minute.  Anyway, back to the story...she was coloring and I asked "what are you doing?"  She replied, "I am working on my business!"  Talk about making my heart go pitter patter!

ok, so I know as a parent it's natural to see genius in our kids...but keep in mind she is only two, she's close to being in the lines and she will color for hours (bonus for a certain momma!)

Okay, now I will get back on track and share a moment that has happened often and I'm sure the wonder of this has not passed and will be recurring for years to come.  Especially given the fact that we live in a farming community...

We were all sitting on the "hill" in the backyard...the hill is more like a gentle slope, but in little kid world, it is a hill.  Oakley was getting ready to roll (down the hill), when all became silent.  That's when I realized that all was not silent, it was actually filled with the sound of a very loud engine.  Both kids instantly stopped what they were doing and turned their excited little faces toward the road.  Truman's tiny voice was all "ooooooohs" and Oakley screamed "Tractor!"  Let me go back to the fact that we live in a farming community (in fact our backyard butts up to a farm field).  We see a dozen tractors on the road a day...and every single one gets the same reaction out of both kids.  The days they come to work in the fields around our house are like vacation in the eyes of Oakley and Truman (and maybe even more to me!)  They are occupied the entire day with simply watching the tractors and marveling on how they work.  My nephew, Owen, shared the same obsession with tractors when he was little (he is now the ripe old age of five and seems to have moved on to hockey a bit).  In my world, it is an obvious choice.  When a kid finds wonder every single time they see is a true wonder!  I will try to capture some of these wonders in a series of paintings that I have lined up for the next weekly(ish) wonder

So, until then, have a wonderful week!

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