It's so easy as we get older to not want to change, because we are comfortable. I've been trying to teach myself new tricks. I draw as many Daily Face portraits on my calendar as I can when I have free time. It has made a difference, now as the week goes along I am ready. I would prefer to only draw on the calendar day, but since I changed jobs I can no longer do that.
Also I don't have access to students to draw anymore so I started using mugshots, but they are not happy faces. I decided to make them happy and dress them in nice apparel.
I like to meditate, but with less time everything I like to do has been crowded out. Today I was reading an article about open-eye meditation. I will learn how to do that also, so I can do it even while I am in Triage waiting or the next patient.
My run time has suffered also. I have been trying to be consistent about waking up at 4 am to run but it is not happening. Today I located the free gym facilities my new job offers. I'm hoping that when I get of I can get in a 30 minute gym workout. Its not a hour run, but its better than doing nothing. So if you are challenged with new obstacles in your life figure out how to make it work for you.
So I decided to continue to draw the mugshots but give them a happier look and change their prison top to something more fashionable.
On this mugshot I only changed the top.She looks scared and unhappy.
My first official mugshot on my calendar. I'm quite happy the way that it turned out.
Today I woke up feeling sad because everything is not going the way that I would have it, but after my morning devotion, I realize that this is a lie to take my focus off of God. Then I read an article from the New York Times about what is going on in Venezuela, how the country cannot supply enough food for everyone, how the whole country is an economical upheaval. I feel so truly blessed.
It has been such a long time since I last posted anything. Changing jobs after 15 years is a lot harder than I expected. New people, I no longer have a office to myself, working longer hours, but I know that I will get the hang of it.
The thing that I miss the most is the children and drawing portraits of them. Although I'm still working with children in the hospital, I cannot draw pictures of them.
I tried to draw people on their lunch breaks, but I'm not ready for that. So I am just going to attempt to draw mugshots until I figure out something else.
I'm really trying to figure out how to work my new schedule. Which has put drawing to a complete stop.
I have a few varieties of hosta's in my backyard. Which I love. I have a beautiful pink rose. I planted some phlox in my antique wooden planter. The daylilies are in bloom. My hydrangea is suffering from southern heat and one of the coleus that I experimented with by bringing it inside for winter is slowly looking better, however the color isn't as vibrant.