Monday, December 6, 2010

A Good Day at Work

Today was a good day at work.  I managed to paint for a full 5 hours today, the first time in about a week and a half of not really being in the "zone". I decided that I needed to do some things different in order to keep the winter blahs at bay and was willing to try a few things. I started my day with an attempt to meditate. I have always wanted to do this in order to center myself and keep stress away but have never been too successful. I lasted  about 2, maybe 3 minutes today before my mind started to wander too much for me to focus. I then tried focusing on affirmations, repeating what I wanted out of my career, but found that they weren't flowing out of me too easily. I know this takes practice so we will try again tomorrow.

Next was the gym. Working out really helps clear my head but it is so hard to get myself to the gym, especially if it's cold out. My warm bed usually wins that battle but not this morning. I got myself out and to a muscle building class which felt good at the time. At the moment I am feeling like a truck ran me over, but this morning it really energized me and I felt good on my way to work. I'm sure I will hate life tomorrow since I will probably be sore. I am trying to go to the gym at least three times during the work week. I think it will be a good stress reliever and will clear my head so that I can focus on painting once I get to the studio. Seems pretty basic and logical, exercise and meditation, but like I said, it isn't always easy to do.

Now on to the painting....I think it is hilarious that the guy on the right is wearing a "pirate" shirt under his blazer. The guy on the left seems to be wearing a cumberbund. Very unconventional outfits, even for that time, if you ask me. I love the sharp contrast the sunlight seems to have on their faces and clothing though. These are the kinds of photos that I love to paint. I want to have this finished by the end of the week. It shouldn't be a problem if I continue to come in for at least 5 hours a day, which is my usual work schedule for painting.


  1. Rather than affirmations, try focusing on accomplishments....often I raise the bar so fast, I forget my accomplishments.

  2. I do reflect on my accomplishments. I think it's an important process for growth, but I find that affirmations get me energized and motivated. They remind me that I am good at what I do and I can accomplish what I want. Right now I need more motivation to get me through the season...but thanks for the suggestion.