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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Finding my way part 1

For whatever reason the text did not get sent so because I am doing this blog from my phone I am unable to make changes so I am posting the text separately. I love watercolor painting and it has been a tremendous unanticipated blessing. I paint nearly every day even if it is only for ten minutes. Those ten minutes are incredibly well thought out and productive. I watch utube video's, and read watercolor books after my toddler daughter is tucked into bed and sleeping like the little angel she is. If I get a chance to visit a gallery or studio I take it and I bring my daughter along. It's been a year since I started to paint and lately I've noticed a huge improvement. I am really excited about this. I've become very particular about my palette and now I am using it how I want to not how I've seen someone else do it and that feels good. It feels like a step in owning the painting process for myself. I have this need to express my creativity but my first priority is my daughter. I need to be there for her as well as financially provide for us and with little time left in my day watercolor painting fills my needs. There are other demands with my time. I am reading Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to stop yelling and start connecting by Dr. Laura Markham. You can check out the reviews on amazon. The book begins explaining why anger is ineffective. Basically when you yell at your child the cognitive learning part of their brain shuts down and they go into fight or flight. Hence, you are NOT teaching anything when you yell. Becoming aware of this has really helped encourage me in my attempts to model healthy anger management with my daughter. "Every choice we make, at its core, is a move toward either love or fear. Let your caring for your child give you courage to choose love......" (From the book) It is a battle against yourself no matter what vice it is that you are struggling with but it's the improvements in your relationships with your loved ones that make it all worthwhile. The painting is titled, "hyacinths outside my cabin door." It measures 11" by 14" and is available for purchase.

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