As much as I love making jewelry, when Fridays come, I'm ready for them. This week has been full of challenges and it's been very rewarding to create some of these new pieces. I think my biggest takeaway this week was about enjoying the process instead of focusing on the end result.
I have the tendency of wanting certain outcomes and being disappointed when they don't happen. All of us have to feel that way at some point, right? Painting really helped me this week because I hadn't done oil painting since 2007. It's a lot like riding a bike: once you have those skills, they come back to you immediately.
I think what made me most excited about oil painting is that it's such a slow and calming technique that if you don't have the patience, then it will frustrate you. I was trained as a teenager to enjoy oil painting, so the slowness is rather relaxing for me. I'm really thrilled that I've figured out a way to combine it with my jewelry. I learned both beadwork and painting around the same time in my life, and I was sad for years feeling like I had to choose one over the other.
I had purchased my oil paints kind of impulsively. At the time, we were thick in the pandemic with not much hope of a vaccine, and I was like, "I need a literal rainbow to be delivered to my mailbox ASAP." I bought an oil paint kit from Blick and just opening the box made me so happy.
As much as I love working with metal, there is a lack of color there which is why enameling has been so fun, why there's been a revival of my beadwork, and why I've decided to try out these miniature paintings. The pandemic has been grey and dull and and colorless, and I just don't believe in that. Life is meant to be colorful and joyful somehow, even through the hardships. If there's no color, there's no life.
Anyway, thank you so much for reading my thoughts today. Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you Monday.