Vigilant- Painting #11

6 x 6 in. Oil on canvas panel 1/12/2016

SOLD

...to remind me to be. This is my favorite lock because it says VIGILANT across the front and I can't think of a better name for a thing for what it is. It is resting on my yoga work out towel. I'm good at health and physical challenges so I wanted to remind myself to be the same way about my craft. I know that if I'm anything, I'm resilient. Defined as 'being able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions'.

However, vigilant is how I believe I need to be right now, 'keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties.' Works for me. Got a little fatigued today. Like really fatigued. I feel like I never stop painting. Constantly looking at new things and trying to see something beautiful in them, or at least something interesting to paint that would move me.

It can get overwhelming but at the same time I find myself starting to take solace in these everyday slices of time I'm capturing. Not just the items or images but what I'm feeling at the time and why I'm painting them. It's becoming a diary of sorts. A painted documentation of the emotions surrounding that day. That makes it really special to me. It's as if all these little paintings are telling a story. I don't even have to write it down, I just have to look at the painting for that day and know how I felt and what I did and why I painted it. That's pretty cool. It's like visual shorthand.

Anyhoo, this is a picture of me being VIGILANT.