Inspired by …my commitment to just finish!

Had a good laugh today when I found this.

to do list

Just in case you forget...go home!

Yes, the to-do list of a ten-year old boy. Life sure is good…

I am happy that he is following my lead and actually making lists because I believe they are a good thing. A good spot to keep an ongoing tally of things that need to get done….always, never-ending and constant…that’s how I refer to my to-do list.

I thought about posting a picture.. or four.. of my list. My friends always make fun of me because not only is it covered with lists, but there is always a doodle or two incorporated into it all. My current list is a few pages long now with the holidays coming up.Unfortunately I am not in the mood for dealing with half the things on my current list. Buying and changing lightbulbs,putting up Christmas lights, baking…these do nothing for me. In fact, I don’t even want to acknowledge some of the things I have to do because I just don’t. feel.! Sometimes it’s nice to be able to just forget…

Ignorance is bliss!

…until you catch a glimpse and groan..oh..really should get that done. I recently found an old to-do list  and had a good laugh when I  discovered that some of my to-do items have still not been done….months later. I happily transfer them from one week to the next..secretly hoping they will just disappear…or that maybe someone else will deal with them. what have I been doing while I procrastinate? Do you even have to ask?
paint tray

I am holding myself accountable and trying to  work on my finishing skills. Nothing new is allowed to be started until I finish some of the canvas that are taking up my floor space and my mind space. I need to clear out and de-clutter. My goal is to start and complete two paintings a week. All I ask from you is that you hold me to it!

So here is the progression of this weeks two painting.. I blogged about the inspiration for them here.

I started both using the same colors, but different mark making tools. They both took on a life of their own after that.

mark making

Finding images


Working it..

Ok, it’s not quite finished. I am a little stuck on what to do next. These poppies are a little too free wheeling for me. I think they need to be grounded with stems, but I don’t want stems dividing up the page. Any suggestions? I am thinking that I may try to portray the image of stems, but right now I am drawing a bit of a blank. It will come…

Work #2

same colors...different marks

mark making, finding images

Finding images...and obliterating

Phthalo Blue was NOT in my color scheme here. But in the back of my mind I could hear Flora saying “do something bold”. Phthalo Blue is me breaking out the bad. It is such an intense color that seems to just take over. It’s about as naughty as I can get these days…

Working it...

I think this is done. Or maybe I am just done with it! I think I just need to balance out the background a bit more..

These will both be going in my Etsy shop. Oh, that’s right…etsy shop still on my to-do list…!

Have a great week!

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Registration is open now and this five-week painting adventure will begin on Monday February 6, 2012. See

9 thoughts on “Inspired by …my commitment to just finish!

  1. Thanks for this post. It’s interesting to see how each of the pieces progress.
    And I’m a list person, too, constantly moving the “not done” items forward.

    • Thanks Kathie, I actually like that one too. I may have to hide the pthalo though because everything I do these days is turning out blue! I will drop by soon. Julie

  2. I loved reading your little boy’s to-do list! I am always amazed at what you create. So fascinating to see what you begin with and where you take it! I really like your bold colors – the Pthalo blue adds a great dynamic to this piece!

  3. Hi Friend! Seems we haven’t “talked” lately. Love your son’s to-do list. So cute. I’m not sure at what age I started making to-do lists, but I know I started pretty early in life. I’m a Virgo after all.

    Your paintings are beautiful. I’ve found myself away from creating in last 10 days or so. Just life getting in the way of my inspiration and joy. Hoping to get in the studio this weekend. Your art is inspiring me to do so.

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