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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Embrace the Struggle: Day #30

                                  "Painting is just another way of keeping a diary." Pablo Picasso

Day # 30 is here and to celebrate the end of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge I decided to channel my favorite artist of all time: Pablo Picasso.  My work over the last month is a diary of sorts, a visual journey of what it was like to paint with the non-dominant hand setting no expectations.  Of course it was a struggle. It first took hours as my hand tried to interpret the instructions my brain was sending.  My brain tired from breaking every motion into several messages. Some days I felt overwhelmed just with the notion of keeping up.  But on the whole I enjoyed the struggle: I learned, I was distracted and I was proud.

So with a nod to old man Picasso, I present the last painting of the left handed series:

"Embrace the Struggle"
7" x 5" acrylic on cradled board

This whimsy is probably another self-portrait of sorts but I think many of us can relate to the thought as well as the experience and symbols.  Enjoy the colors, honor the journey and milk that struggle for all you can. Here's Pablo again, "Are we to paint what's on the face, what's inside the face or what is behind it?"
Good question, no?

edge detail of "Embrace the Struggle"

Thanks so much for sharing this struggle with me.  I promise not to take such liberties with your mailbox again in the near future!  Back to once a week postings...I have really appreciated your comments, encouragement and, of course, your purchases.  Many thanks.


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  1. Cindy, your inspiration has been gifts by the bucket loads this month (for me) this 30 days of painting. I have been amazed every single day you have posted your work. Please put my name on the "The Struggle" because I certainly have an embrace in reserve for it! I LOVE it. Will pick it up at your convenience. <3
    Blessings to you and your determination, talent, passion and art.

  2. Wonderful way to end 30 in it...

  3. Wonderful way to end 30 in it...

  4. Ok Miss Cheri- she's coming home to you!


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