Thursday, October 16, 2008

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." --Pablo Picasso

I've seen this quote lots of times, but when I saw it today it might has well have been on a big neon sign. It really sank in just how true it really is.

Over the weekend I just felt ick. I needed to make something. Work things out by creating. So, I got to work and inspired (once again by Pam Garrison and Lisa Kaus) I made this collaged canvas for my niece Emily's fifteenth birthday. By the time I went to bed on Saturday I felt so much better. Having that outlet to decompress while trying some new techniques was so relaxing. Listening to Michael Buble on my Ipod didn't hurt either.

Some may think it completely self-indulgent to spend so much time on creative pursuits. But I think the goal should be balance. Finding time for ones self to do art, workout, garden and spend time with friends are just as important as life's other daily tasks. It's about reducing stress, finding relaxation and renewal and stretching ourselves. All good time managers encourage making time in your schedule for rest and renewal. So, however you are able to find refreshment-schedule some in the next few days.

Rest, renew and Enjoy!

P.S. I almost forgot to send a shout out to my niece, Emily. She turned 15 today and will be getting her driver's permit tomorrow. Happy Birthday and good luck, Em!


cindy said...

Love the piece you made. And you are's about balance. But sometimes that passion to create is so overwhelming...LOL. I could neglect everything else. And Happy Bday to your Emily! : D


Marisa said...

Great project, and great keepsake. I think your right the key is find balance in your life.

Mom said...

Very nice gift for Miss Em. She loved it by the way. Hopefully, she called you to tell you that. Stress is dangerous to our health. It is imperative to de-stress every chance we get.

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

I've been seeing these around blogland and yours is just beautiful! What a treasured gift!

Sarah said...

turned out great. I saw Pam Garrisons on her blog too. I love it. May have to tackle that little project as well for my little girls room!
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