Saturday, March 24, 2012

Shades of Green


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I've decided to take a break from painting. I have to admit I've seen painting as a job for a while. Rather than being excited about getting into my studio I've been apprehensive, and that's not good. I have a whole list of other things I've been wanting to do, and I've given myself permission to do them until I get bored - until I can't WAIT to paint again. I don't know how long it will take, but I will keep you posted. I have one more painting tucked away to post and then I'm out.

59 comments:

Dana said...

Good for you, Carol, because it will be GOOD for you! And, your recent paintings are stellar so we will look forward to whatever comes next!

Sue said...

I'm excited for you, Carol. It's always smart to follow your heart. Take good care of yourself, my friend.

Ellen Paxton - Artist said...

Oh, Carol, how I will miss blogging on each day. But to be honest, it doesn't surprise me. I imagine you need re-nourishing. You have done such a great job and with extraordinary generosity. Speaking just for me, I have learnt heaps over the past year or so since I have been following you. Thank you and good luck with your break.

Amy Hillenbrand said...

Well you have earned a much deserved break. I will be curious to see how long it does take you to want to paint again, but I bet you will come back with passion. The colors in this painting are so interesting and fun.

vonnie said...

Carol,

after all you've been through recently - you deserve a break !
Have a great r.e.l.a.x.

regards.

Vonnie

martinealison said...

Vous avez entièrement raison de faire une pause... Il faut absolument ressentir du bonheur pur peindre... et ce bonheur reviendra vite vous verrez car vous avez cela dans le sang.
Une très belle oeuvre...
Je vous envoie de gros bisous et attends patiemment votre retour.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Carol, everyone deserves a vacation! You have worked long and hard to get to where you are with your work. Take your time with our blessings! Take a walk in the Spring air! Take a trip to the beach with your boys! Make some jewelry! HAVE FUN.
xoxo Kelley

Sandy Graeser Haynes said...

Carol, Wow, what a realization.... If you want to make jewelry, I've found more supplies I can send to you. Love the green polka-dot earrings.
I have really been enjoying my time on DPW. Hope you want to paint again soon. -Sandy

Julie Ford Oliver said...

Good for you, Carol. Will miss you such a lot but understand completely.
Enjoy whatever you do...and I will look forward to your return. Sending a hug.

Laurel Daniel said...

Giving ourselves permission to rest is such a hard thing to do. But we do need it (even from the things we love.) May this "holiday" be a fruitful time of re-creation and rediscovered joy for you! Cheering you on, as always! XOXO

Anonymous said...

I cannot imagine not receiving your painting each day as I so look forward to it..... but it is most important to do what you love and know what you need to nourish yourself. Good luck with whatever comes next.

Susie Gregory said...

congrats carol!! the best thing that happened to me was not getting into the daily paintworks group a few years ago~ they said i didn't have a distinctive enough style and i didn't paint every singe day...a blessing actually because it gave me more time for golf, tennis, dogwalks, yardstuff, hubby time and, most importantly, grandkid time!! so go forth and BE!! - enjoy your life, your new surroundings, have fun with your boys...i'm certainly rooting for you!!! good on ya! susie

Barb said...

I'm taking a break from writing right now, too. I didn't PLAN to but it just kind of happened. I think all creative spirits need a time to lie fallow and percolate whatever will come next. You've also had a really stressful year --it seems like at some point you might need to be still and process through all of that.

Elaine Hurst said...

Glad you are giving yourself permission to take a break, or whatever. It isn't any good when the fun goes out of it, the muse takes a vacation, or moves to some far off land. Hope you'll keep us in the loop of the interesting and creative things you'll be doing.

Leslie Bishop said...

You'll be fine, Carol, and you will continue to move forward in artistic endeavors - you couldn't do otherwise if you tried... Creativity is so in your blood! God bless you. I hope you will share some of your new adventures in art with us along the way. Don't ever forget how very many people you've blessed.

Leslie

Fay Terry said...

Carol, I think you are so wise to follow your feelings and take a break. I will miss seeing your paintings but in the long run you have to do what's best for you.
Enjoy the time away and I look forward to seeing what happens!

SMV said...

Thank you for all you've done for us so far, Carol. I know you'll be back - painting is a part of your being! Enjoy your 'outing'; I wish you great success in that time. xx

Robin Rosenthal said...

Carol, you deserve to follow your muse and no apologies. Enjoy wherever life takes you.

SMV said...

Thank you for all you've done for us so far, Carol. I know you'll be back - painting is a part of your being! Enjoy your 'outing'; I wish you great success in that time. xx

Barbara Pask said...

Wow Carol, we will miss you so much. I understand though you should feel excited about it. You'll be back soon and better than ever. Enjoy your break. Hugs

Helen Moreda said...

I just want to say thank you. You are so generous with your creativity and your knowledge. After the year you have had, rest, relax, renew. Learn how to do nothing. And I will keep learning from the wonderful Artbytes I have. Helen

Bobbi Heath said...

Carol,

Enjoy! We'll be thinking of you.

Bobbi

kuglik said...

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Kim VanDerHoek said...

Hi Carol,
After watching your blog for years and knowing how much time and energy you put into your work, I understand. Go recharge your creative batteries and I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful work when you return. Thank you for the day to day inspiration you've given to me, I truly appreciate it.

Anonymous said...

A good rest. You are more than your art. Enjoy your well-earned rest, because we care for you! - A Long Time Follower

Steinunn Einarsdottir said...

I just want to thank you for all your generous input and help to improve our artistic skills Carol. I hope to see you back again with us but wish you all the best in whatever you decide to do.

Linda Popple said...

Follow your heart! Enjoy your time off. You've been working long and hard and need a break. It will be good for you and your creative spirit. You will be missed an we are all looking forward to your return.
hugs ....

Ira Prussat said...

Thank you very much for sharing your beautiful paintings! I'll miss them but wish you all the best whatever you want to do. Creativity under pressure is hell (I quit graphicdesign some years ago), now I love to draw for my own amusement.

RoseAnn Hayes said...

Those of us who are fellow painters are SO with you, Carol! Every once in awhile we just hit a wall and have to stop and do some internal caretaking. I hit one at the beginning of February. I closed down my eBay and Etsy shops and Facebook. Two months later, I've just started to pick up my watercolor brushes again. I had no idea when I'd be ready to start again, and I knew I should not set any deadlines for myself. It had to come back naturally, if at all. The urge to paint is coming back slowly, and I'm not pushing it. You just take your own sweet time. You're doing the right thing. By the way, I think the "daily painting" concept is brutal, and I'm not so sure it's a good thing, at all.

cissy said...

You will be missed, but the important thing is "follow your bliss" Good for you!.

And, a huge thank you for all you have given.

Now go enjoy!

Dana Cooper said...

Carol, you have earned a well deserved rest! We will all look forward to your return in whatever form that takes.
Thanks for all the inspiration!!
Take care,
Dana

Helen Cooper said...

Thanks for all you've done! Take your time and smell those roses! You deserve it.

Dan Kent said...

I think your muse is up to something. After the rest, comes great creativity!! (No pressure.)

Liane Maddox said...

Thanks so much for all you have shared; you are a remarkable young woman and an inspiration to anyone who thinks they have a passion to create.
My husband and I have been functional potters for the past 35 years I cannot count just how many mugs I have made in that time. Many times I have taken a break, wondered if there was more, in the end concluded that that there was... better mugs! You dear girl have developed skills way beyond your young years and will always have a purpose. Working for yourself is the only way to go. Rest up, reflect, play and plan!

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol,
I have enjoyed receiving your beautiful paintings in my
in box each day. While you are recharging--can I offer a suggestion? Have a small sketch book and some Pitt brush pens on standby. You now live in one of the most beautiful states,Oregon. I think by exploring the landscape you will find a renewed sense to begin again.
I have been reading of your re-location to Oregon.
Your indomitable spirit is truly inspiring.I look forward to your new paintings when you once again pick up the brush.

NJ ART 73

Kathryn Glover said...

Carol. You deserve a rest while your other passions bloom. Take care! Kathryn

Barbara Andolsek Paintings said...

Good for you Carol! I truly wish you all the best!!!

Kathy Cousart said...

Good for you- (just saw this...am painting Plein Air for a few days down at a really cool place- Saint Simon's Island!) Great place to escape and recharge- you should visit sometime:):) Enjoy every moment and take care of you! xoxo also-

Naomi Gray said...

Carol, you have been my inspiration, and I always admired your artwork AND perseverance to paint/blog daily. I'll miss you and your posts. Have a nice break!

Ayala Art said...

Beautiful painting!
About taking a brake, yes, it will be good for you, you will come back ready for the brush and paints, with more ideas and having fun.

Polly Jones said...

I'll miss your posts! Glad you have the courage to step away. Wishing you well as you recharge.

Tania Schmieder said...

I'd just like to say thank you before you go, your blog has inspired and helped me :o) Thanks x

Anonymous said...

Happy for you and maybe this will make me explore your art bytes even more. Will you by chance be doing more of those, or is this a total sabbatical from all things painting related?

Wish you the best,

ellie

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

you have no worries. It's all there inside you waiting to arrive at the right moment.
I'll bet you're going to make some jewelry....or some fimo or ....no... I don't think you're going to paint the house....
No one paints like you dearest...no one...
Oh did I say I love this painting ?

Euphemia Wesley said...

It's unbelievable that you have been able to continue to produce amazing paintings everyday for so long. They have all had such a spark of life and such beauty.
You are a dear soul. I wish you the best.

Lisa Daria said...

I miss you already. . . but enjoy your break, it is well deserved!

R.L. Delight said...

Knowing when to rest is as important as knowing how to use color for an artist. I am adding a good for you too! Take care and thank you for sharing so much.

Barbara Andolsek Paintings said...

Everyday as a child heading off for school, my Grandmother would say Auf Wiedersehen. She said it didn't mean 'goodbye', but meant 'until we meet again'. So Auf Wiedersehen dear Carol and God bless!

dyan rook said...

All the best Carol...you can't be the energizer bunny without recharging. I have a feeing that absence will make the paint smell sweeter in due time!
Enjoy,
dyan

Denise Rose said...

Go You! I am always here cheering for you. I agree with so many others about your generosity and encouragement of others, including myself. Enjoy!

Meredith Adler said...

Teacher to so many, even those of us you are not even aware of...Thank you for all the lessons, including now teaching everyone the art of self-care. Be well, and have a blast!

Robin Weiss said...

Have fun Carol! Thanks for all your hard work and encouragement! See you on the rebound!

Salma abdulla said...

Very beautiful painting thank you For sharing this art

Kathleen Owings said...

Bravo, Carol! If you don’t refill the well there is nothing to give...to yourself, your family, or your fans. We will be patient and have only the best wishes for your future pursuits...

Nora MacPhail said...

I keep coming to your blog to see a new painting. It's like I didn't want to believe you're on a break. However, after all you've been through, I suddenly realized how much a break makes sense and is well deserved.
Enjoy your new creative avenues. Or... enjoy a nice long rest!
Cheers,
Nora

CLAUDE DEMIR said...

A very big thank you Carol. You are such an inspiration to so many people, including myself.

Wishing you all the very best.

A bientot!

Claude.

Barbara Pask said...

Missing you already :)

Lars Käker said...

A delicious painting!

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Kim Rempel said...

Good for you! Enjoy!!!!