August and everything after

It's hard to believe it's almost August. Change is always happening, this much I know. But the beginning of August brings more changes. For the first time in over 20 years, I'm going back to work full-time. Forty hours which will be unpredictable from week to week in terms of scheduling. An unpredictable schedule is completely new to me but I am ready to shake things up and see what the universe has in store for me. It's so good and exciting in so many ways. I now love the thought of leaping out of my comfort zone.

And just as I had gotten in to a rut, so had my paintings. When the last show was hung in June, I knew I was going to have to shake things up. Play more. Explore more. Less thinking and more spontaneous creations. This month I've been working on some journal pages. I've been loving the process of opening myself up to whatever comes to my mind in that moment. It has been liberating. One thing that has come from the journal pages is the idea that the next step of doing larger canvases as journal pages is definitely coming.

I've also been clearing out my studio for days now. It feels good to part with things that no longer serve me. Bags of trash and many donation bags later, I am finally down to just the things that matter to me. My bulletin board, for example, had become so laden with stuff that I could barely see any one single thing. So, I pared that down to the essentials:

Moving, stretching, exploring, trusting that the next part of my path is unfolding perfectly...those are my intentions for August and everything after.

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