Jolie Guillebeau


Archive for December, 2012

Penultimate

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

“It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.” — Picasso

I’ve started– no, wait! I’m almost finished with a big project. You can see how it’s progressing from the links at the bottom.

I’ve been reflecting on 2012 this week, and I’ve been surprised by how much things have changed this year. When I look back at my goals for the year, one that stands out most is:

Make paintings that excite me. Be brave with my work.

Wrapping up this painting on New Year’s Eve is the perfect culmination of that goal. No matter what went wrong this year– biopsies, bad days, or broken ornaments– my painting has gone in a direction I’m proud of.  I had to make some sacrifices for that to happen, and I’m still not sure how some things will work out– will this project affect my income? Did I make the right business decision? Maybe not.

But did I make a painting that excites me? Hell yes. Do I feel brave with my work? Yup.

Goal accomplished.

One square left for Monday. But until then, I’d love to know one thing that went right for you in 2012. Wanna tell me?

Whew.

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

“I set up and staged hundreds of ends-of-the-world and watched, enthralled, as they played themselves out.” –Annie Dillard

I’ve started– no, wait! I’m almost finished with a big project. You can see how it’s progressing from the links at the bottom.

If you’re reading this, then it’s not the end of the world. I noticed on Facebook last night that one of my friends decided not to clean her kitchen, in case today was the end of the world.

But I did. My kitchen is clean, and another square is complete on this painting. If somehow the Mayans were right, then I’ve spent my day doing just what I normally do. Because I like my normal life.

BUT! Though it’s the end of the world, we’re getting very close to the end of a big painting. There are only seven (yes, 7!) squares remaining. Someone asked me the other day if I’ve been tempted to paint more than one square per day– the answer is yes.

And I’m going to give in to that temptation one time this week, because I think it’s fitting that this painting should be finished on New Year’s Eve. It’s a good end to 2012 for me.

Several of you have asked what is going to happen with this painting, and I’ve decided to auction it. I’ll share more details about that as we get closer, but it seems fitting that this painting of water should help get clean water to people who need it most.

So fifteen percent of the proceeds from this painting will go to Charity: Water.

Meanwhile, it’s Friday which means you get to see the whole canvas. Ready? 

Tiny

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” — Vincent van Gogh

I’ve started a big project. You can see how it’s progressing from the links at the bottom.

Painting this square, I felt like I was missing something. I worked on it for a few minutes and stepped back, but something wasn’t quite right.

Then I found it. That tiny speck of blue in the top left corner. That part of the square needed to be blue. Once I placed that tiny bit of color there, the whole giant painting began to look better.

It’s fitting, because some other small things have fallen in to place over the past few days, and suddenly the bigger picture is coming together even more.

I’ve even come up with a plan for what will happen at the end of the project. I’ll give you the scoop on Friday.

Capable

Friday, December 14th, 2012

“Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.” — e.e. cummings

I’ve started a big project. You can see how it’s progressing from the links at the bottom.

Hey! It’s Friday! That means I can show you the big picture. Look at how many squares are complete!

Only 12 left.

Rhythm

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” –Thomas Merton 

I’ve started a big project. You can see how it’s progressing from the links at the bottom.

I got up yesterday morning and began.

I’m unpacked, and finding my usual rhythm. I picked up the cat from the cat sitter, and I painted.

It was so satisfying to squeeze that paint out on the palette and pick up my brushes. The cat has been purring all day, because she’s so happy to be home and I wish I could purr too, because I’m so glad to be back to my usual routine.

Return

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” –William Morris

I’ve started a big project. You can see how it’s progressing from the links at the bottom.

My trip to India was amazing. After 36 hours of travel, and three flight delays (Note: I only took three flights) I made it home last night. I walked in the house, dropped my suitcase and walked straight in to the studio.

I couldn’t wait to get back. My fingers are itching to paint these last 15 squares.

But I knew my energy was limited. And there was nothing to eat in the house. While the painting is calling my name, I know that my best bet for recovering from jet lag and two days of travel requires taking care of myself.

So I closed my studio door, took my suitcase upstairs, started the laundry and went to get groceries.

I reminded myself that jet lag always means early mornings for me. And early mornings means more time to paint.

So over the next couple of days, I’m looking forward to the return of my routine. I’m going to eat toast with blueberry jam, wear my red boots, sort through the mail and paint with joy.

See you tomorrow with a painting. Until then, you can see a few highlights from my trip over here.