There was a time when painting flowers was something I was shy about sketching, but now I rather enjoy them. Mostly, because I realized that putting them in a vase is way more fun to paint since I adore painting glass. Also, when a flower is just sitting there on my usual white background it can look a bit sad and not very joyful. Since it’s the evening before spring here, it’s a perfect occasion to celebrate flowers. Soon, all of the blossoms will return and the brown grass of winter will start to glow green again. I adore this time of year for not only the beauty it brings, but the feeling inside that I always feel. It’s that feeling of a “fresh start” that New Year’s Day hopes to bring, but since it comes in the middle of winter here it doesn’t quite have the same impact. When the weather warms up and the sunlight lasts hours longer into the evening everything just feels inspiring and happy. I’ve been feverishly working on a new idea for a project that will launch next month, so I’m excited for the change in seasons to give me that final push I’ll need to get everything done on time. I’m sometimes not sure if I actually do everything at the last minute or just think of it at the last minute. Either way, I’m pretty much in this state most of the time, regardless of the season.
When Philippe picked me up from work tonight, the sun was out and while not incredibly warm, it wasn’t very cold at all. In case you’re wondering, we live and work in the city and only have one car. It’s the last Honda CRV they made back in the 90’s and we are planning on driving it until our feet bust out the bottom and we have to drive it like we’re on a Flintstones cartoon. This weekend we cleaned and reorganized the pantry area off the kitchen. It wasn’t a grand domestic effort that was properly thought about and preplanned, we were just looking for a bottle opener we thought we owned in the clutter of shopping bags and dish towels and it was buried somewhere underneath. It had the unintended effect of inspiring us to consider if we really needed that many dish towels and cloth napkins and we decided, no we did not. It was liberating and the pantry is now far more functional and has visible surfaces once more. In our spring cleaning enthusiasm we turned to look at the rest of the house listing of all of the things we should do next. The listing of those things made us exhausted, so we opted to leave the house entirely and run errands instead. Certainly, escaping the problem isn’t the best solution, but it was by far the most comforting one, so that’s what we chose to do.
I love moments like these because they’re organic and I find myself actually enjoying doing household chores. Though I make a list of prompts each month for drawing and painting, making any other list at all alludes me. Or, in truth, my prompt lists are a “ton of fun things you can choose to do this month” while those other lists seem to always be a “ton of things you wish you could avoid, but simply have to do this month.” I’m not completely dysfunctional, of course, and can plop little reminders on my calendar. It’s not a list that way, just a little thing to do before moving onto those organic fun things I didn’t plan. I so admire the people who can plan everything out in advance, but my little brain just doesn’t work that way. I just have to give myself a bit of a runway and then I race forward giggling all the way hoping everything works out in the end. Perhaps, I’m relying more on my Irish luck than I realized. But there’s a very powerful ingredient to my madness that manages to make everything work out. It’s simply joy. If something doesn’t make me happy, then I finish it quickly, or chuck it aside entirely, and pursue the things that DO! And so, I’m thrilled to continue my journey of following my heart and excited for what tomorrow brings on this eve of spring.
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