I Finally Painted

I know the handful of people who read this blog regularly are wondering about the paintings. I suppose there may be some people checking out my blog for the first time and they wouldn’t know about the paintings. You might be thinking, “What paintings?” Just in case, I will explain.

I started this blog on my birthday almost three years ago. I was turning fifty-nine and I wanted a way to motivate myself to do something creative before my sixtieth birthday. I set myself a goal of doing fifty creative things, including at least one art doll, one art quilt and one 16” x 20” painting. I managed to meet that goal (barely) and then I set a new goal for my second blog year. I had surprised myself by enjoying the painting more than any of the other creative projects, so I decided to do fifty paintings in my second blog year.

I procrastinated, as usual, so I ended up doing the last twenty paintings the last twenty days before my birthday, but I got them done. Woo hoo! Then I had to set a new blog goal. I resisted doing it for a while, but then I settled on fifty more paintings, with a new requirement. I had always wanted to learn to paint en plein air, so I decided the new paintings would all be done outside. I knew I was setting myself up for a very uncomfortable January if I procrastinated again. I hoped that thought would be enough motivation to keep me from putting off half of my paintings until just before my blogiversary.

Well, I didn’t put off half of my paintings until just before my blogiversary. Over the course of this last blog year, I managed to finish exactly ten plein air paintings. Instead of twenty paintings to finish in the last twenty days before my birthday, I found myself needing forty of them. Then I procrastinated one more day, which brings us to today.

Today, I finally painted. I took a tiny canvas into my side yard and I painted my neighbor’s camellia blossom.



My daughter was visiting and she encouraged me to paint another painting. She found a potted spider plant and suggested I paint that. Then she saw the look on my face and suggested I try painting just the baby plant that was hanging over the side of the pot. I decided to give it a try.


Two down, thirty-eight to go.

6 thoughts on “I Finally Painted

  1. sarahcotchaleovitch

    Just remember, I never finish my proposed book list every year. Life–and worthwhile interruptions–happen. Think of everything you did this year–your trip out west and participating in NaNoWriMo at the last minute, to name two. You’ve already done something you always wanted to do. Whether you meet your goal is negligible. I hope you do and wish you the best, but remember that the most important part is to be fulfilled. Once it’s a chore, it’s no longer a worthy goal. Lecture over! I like the camellia. ☺️

    1. releaf1954 Post author

      Thank you, Sarah. i appreciate the lecture and I will try to go easy on myself, but I will also try to meet the goal, somehow. These two little paintings were fun. I hope the rest of them will also be fun. I have lots of tiny canvases. I have bigger ones, too, but I have a feeling I will be using up the little ones.

    1. releaf1954 Post author

      I wish we could, too. Some day, we need to have that Makley Family paint-out in North Carolina. It would be such a treat to get us all together in that beautiful place.


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