Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Placing the Fulcrum

Sometimes I catch myself, when very-to-overly busy, turning all my energy towards going faster, working more efficiently. And I'm "good" at that—going faster, working more efficiently.

But it's rarely to the good in the long run. So when I catch myself, I stop, slide my shoulders away from my ears, breathe, take stock, pare back.

Recently, lots of very busy. Lots of dialing down to small manageable micro-tasks.

Here's the thing, though. Sometimes paring back creates a new stress. I lose the stimulus and pleasure of engagement without the gain of the release of letting go altogether. I don't find balance.

Went to my studio today in a just-do-a-little mindset. Paint up two color swatches; stop.

Wasn't doing it for me.

So I dialed back up. Pulled out some new paper and painted up a few loose backgrounds in my chosen monochromatic color palette for some upcoming grid collage.


Used glazing medium for the first time.


loose background, yellow-green


  1. I like!!!! I know it is on the way to becoming something else....

    1. Sheila, thanks for your support and enthusiasm. As you know from my post, it was fun to paint up this loose background, focusing on tints, tones, and shades of just one color, and ending up with a happy little thumbnail on my desktop.

  2. Nice thoughts-makes sense! And, oh don't get me going on glazing. It can make such a huge difference. I have been using my glazing medium lately, too...fun. Looking forward to seeing where this is going!

    1. Hi Laurie, the personal energy balance thing is tricky, at least for me! January is inherently better than Nov-Dec in my day-to-day, and I am consciously grateful to feel a little more open this week : )
      Glazing medium, such a fun discovery. I'll be using it again today.
      Thanks for sharing in the slow evolution of my current collage projects.

  3. Hi Dotty!

    I feel a lot of recognition in the sense that I am so busy too. And then I even try to do the painting very efficiently. Causing stress. But I don't want to drop the daily painting either.
    Just wrestling a little bit with that lately.
    But not too much.

    I am very looking forward to your experiments with the class. I might get very well inspired by your developments!

    And: glazing medium. Don't know what that is, so it might be interesting for mee too!
    bye bye,

    1. Hearing that you, too, are busy and trying to paint very efficiently and feeling stress and wrestling a bit with all of that, helps me widen my own lens and tap into expanded spaciousness. Phew!

      I have barely dipped my toe into my class, and already I am having grand fun playing.

      Might glazing medium be on the supplies list for your class? Hard to imagine it wouldn't be. Will that class take place in February?