Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Side Stepping

10 x 10 Oil on Canvas

I've been taking this e-course called Together from Marisa  Haedike a wonderful artist.  The course's focus is about living  a creatively fulfilling life.  In the first couple weeks she asked to take a look at what we were tolerating in our lives. I'm glad she couldn't hear me because I gave out a big loud groan! when she suggested we look at this part of our lives.  As a Life Coach, this is homework I oftern give my clients, but felt very resistant (resistant doesn't quite describe it, poking hot daggers in my eyes felt easier).  This big resistance was because I knew right away what I had been tolerating. It was right there under the surface driving me crazy(oh I thought I was fooling myself by brushing it under the proverbial rug) and I didin't want that to be the "thing" I had to work on.  I had successfully side-stepped it for a couple years or should I say unsuccessfully?

So what were my big tolereations you ask, 1) the big black hole of my office filled with a zillion trillion papers each one needing me to make a decision 2) the very tight, jumbled, scary little room normally referred to as a closet, also with a million trillion items that need me to decide their fate.  See hot daggers sounds much easier doesn't it?  Well, today I tackled the black hole, whew! It's not done but I'm I have made tremendous progress.  It sure feels good.  Marisa's hypothesis is that when you free yourself up from the things you are tolerating you have opened up more room for creativity. You will have to stay tuned to find out if that part works.  Scary little room next...

6 comments:

  1. Oh, I LOVE the shoes!!! What a great composition! And I wish you hadn't talked about what you're resisting... I have a couple (OK, about 6) big black holes to tackle - I'm painting to AVOID them! Maybe I'll free up some creativity....

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  2. You have the greatest shoes!! I love this painting. The composition is really good.

    Keep us posted on your path to free up creativity. My gosh, there are so many things in my life that I resist. Maybe I should make a list and start tackling them - although that would leave little time to paint!!

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  3. Amy! Your paintings are gorgeous ~ and I'm so happy to hear you were willing to tackle your black hole! I've been re-visiting some of mine this week and it always feels so good to get these things handled. Keep me posted ~ and thanks so much for being a part of class ;)

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  4. Amy, My friend, Diane, forced me to tackle my "black hole" of my kitchen table/office just before New Year's. Found nearly two years of paperwork taking up space in two chairs plus the table. Got it 90 percent done. Feeling much lighter! Love your paintings! Hang in there with your "black hole"!

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  5. And Amy, I gave you the Sunshine Award, you can pick it up on my blog as of Friday... xoxo

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  6. This is my favorite of the shoe paintings so far. Just love it!! Meant to post this the other day but got side tracked. You are on a roll! xoxo

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