9Oct

A New Diet

Picture in Progress
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Did you know that painting is the latest diet fad?  Me either, who knew?  Yep, I stepped on the scale today and I’m down 4.8 pounds (love those digital scales).  So for reasons unknown to me, I have this time of day that I am compelled to paint, 3:00 p.m. It really feels like an uncontrolable pull to paint, it comes from inside me some where.  I’ve tried painting at different times of day and it just doesn’t work out as good.  So what does this have to do with weight loss you ask? Well… in the past when 3:00 would roll around I wanted to have a snack and my desire was not for carrots and celery sticks; it was for something surgary and carby, i.e. a cookie or piece of chocolate.  Now I’m painting and when I get in the zone, food does not come to mind, isn’t that cool?   The above painting is a fun one, almost done, but not quite.
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6Oct

Madame Chairperson

7 x 9 Oil on Canvas
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Sophie
As I was painting this painting I was wondering what had overcome me to paint another picture with stripes in the fabric, I thought I had learned my lesson when I painted “Tea Anyone”, but the scene really resonated with me, I thought it looked very happy, warm and  welcoming.  Then it hit me…. it reminded me of a scene I see in my home many times a day with my dear little  muse, Sophie, sitting in the striped chair while her Mom paints.  I guess I should paint some of the little princess.
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28Sep

Fall Sweaters

10 x 10 Oil on Canvas
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Dog gone it, I’m behind. This is painting number five in my quest to paint 100. My start date was September 1st so by October 1st I should have at least 8 done, I’m not worried though, the 100 will get done.  When I started I was all worried about commiting to the commitment, well, silly me.   I’ve been asked why 100 paintings in a year as a goal, I’ve read and I’ve heard that when you do that much painting something magical happens with your painting abilities. I’m sure this is similiar to when you practice anything, you get better at it.  But I was also curious what would happen to me, my psyche. So I’m happy to report that there is more giddey-up in my step and more giddey-up in my go. Amazing what happens when I allowed myself to do the thing that I love to do. I’ll let you know further developments in my psyche experiment, but as of now I highly recommend this commitment thing.

 

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15Sep

Then There Was Light

8 x 10 Oil on Canvas
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You’re really not going to believe what I just discovered.  For a long time I have had chronic back pain as a result of having twisted hips, you know those big paddle like bones.  Because of the twisted hip my back is all wacky-jawed, starting at the lower back and going all the way up to my neck and boy does it hurt. I have tried just about everything I could think of to eliminate this issue. I’ve done the chiropractor, major exercise to strenghten my core, arch support in my shoes, yogo stretches daily, lots of advil, accupuncture etc etc…Then

one day about a week before I made this commitment I consulted one of the books on my book shelf  called  “You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay. 
Her philosophy is that your emotionally held beliefs manifest into physical symptoms.  So guess what it said about the cause for hip problems: “the fear of going forward in major decisions, nothing to move forward to”. Well that described, in a nut shell, what was going on with me.  Fast forward to yesterday, it occured to me that my terrible terrible pain wasn’t there. Really! And then I remembered what I had read in Louise’s book, how cool is that? Who would’ve thunk it? I am moving forward on my quest of 100 paintings in a year, pain free.
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13Sep

Tea Anyone?

Tea Anyone - Oil Painting by Austin Artist Amy Hillenbrand

© 2010 Amy Hillenbrand

Oil On Canvas
20″ x 16″
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11Sep

My First Finished Painting

10 x 10 Oil on Canvas
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1 done and 99 more to go, whew! just a few more…but one thing I discovered is that once I decided to do the 100 the selection process got way easier. I used to stew and ponder over what I was going to paint so worried that I may not like my subject matter, knowing that I am going to paint a million more took all the pressure of the selection process and the selection happened in a matter of minutes not hours. Let that be a lesson to my little commitment phobic self.

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9Sep

My First Day

So I am pretty excited about doing my paintings, which is a switch for me, because even though I love to paint I don’t. Weird, I know… I thought it was something like having writers block but it is more like I’m saving my the dessert until after I’ve eaten my dinner or when I was little saving the new dress to wear to church on Sunday.  So anyway it’s my first day and I have a painting started, but it takes me several days to finish a painting so I decided to paint over all my unloved paintings, the ones that sit in the corner that are so bad that make me feel bad. 

This was, oh, so liberting! It is akin to when you clean out your closet and get rid of all those clothes that are too small and reminds you that you are no longer that small and then you just feel bad about yourself. Anyway it felt so good and didn’t take as long as I kept imagining.  Funny how those things work.

My little kitty Sophie always has to help with everything I do, so today she wanted to help paint over the ole’ duds.  My deck now has permanent white Sophie paws

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1Sep

Something New and Magical

I saw the movie Julie and Julia the other day and while watching the movie I thought to myself what could I do that would be a commitment similar to what Julie choose to do. There was something about the daily doing of something that really appealed and spoke to me. It did not come to me that day but popped into my head while driving down the road several days later. It was plainer than the nose on my face, but sometimes things that should be so obvious to me just are not!

My commitment will be to paint 100 paintings in a year. I have always heard there is something magical about painting 100 paintings in a year, I don’t quite know what the magic part is, but I’m excited to find out. The other magical part for me will be keeping the commitment, since I’m a bit of a commitment phobic, don’t quite know why that is either but maybe this process will give some insight on that too. I’m excited and a little scared, scared of what? I’m not sure…

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