She Asked for Wings

Title: She Asked for Wings
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Size: 24″ X 18″
Quite a few months ago, I started this painting. I really loved what I did in the body and neck area. However when I did her face, I messed it up. I painted over the face and put it aside. Truthfully, I was too intimidated to go back to it. I really didn’t want to mess it up again. So she stayed in the closet for months. She moved when we moved and resided in another closet for a few more months. 
I haven’t put my paintings up in our new place yet eventhough we have been in this place for almost 4 months.  Last week, I finally decided to go through my paintings to see what I could display around our place. Much of what I have are not a good fit for our new place. I did took a few paintings out of the closet anyway.
While doing this, I came across this unfinished painting. I decided to see if I could bring it to completion. I wish I had taken a picture of it then, but I didn’t. It would have been great to see the transformation. I worked on it for five days in a row and enjoyed every minute of it. Well, almost every minute. I’m not very good at doing faces. I need to practice more. So the face was a tad stressful to do. It was still fun though and it was great to have a project to work on. It had been a long time since I lost myself into a painting project.  I’m quite happy with how it turned out. The face is far from perfect but I’m happy with it. I’m happy with the whole composition. And the colours,, oh the colours! The colours are so rich and vibrant!
When I was trying to figure out what to paint on her right side, the thought that she wanted wings came to me. So… SHE got wings! 


Life in All Its Bits and Pieces

A few years ago, around 2008, I took on a side business of creating websites for small business owners. At the time, I was working full-time. So it ended up to be too much for me. So I stopped offering my services as a website designer. From the few clients I worked with at that time, two remained clients to this day. Over the years, the programs that I used to design graphics and websites became obsolete and no longer were upgraded. It came a time when I could no longer maintain these websites. So I ended up redoing these two clients’ website using WordPress. Actually, it is a total of four clients if I count my husband and myself. You are welcome to visit these websites if you are so inclined. Just click on the pictures below.

Here’s a bit of trivia. Did you know that WordPress is “The largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.”? It is estimated that 18.9 % of all websites are WordPress sites. This means about 74,652,825 sites. Isn’t that quite something? That does impress me! So WordPress is a very good choice when it comes to creating websites and it is easy to maintain and update. Its blog function is invaluable as well. This blog/website is a WordPress site.

Now that I’m retired, getting back to website design is one of the options opened to me. It seems that life is leading me in that direction again. A bit over a week ago, a friend contacted me asking if I would be interested in working on a website for her.  Then a couple of days later, I was talking to another friend and I offer to help her with her website. This is what I have been working on for the past week. Once this website is complete, I’ll be sure to share it here.

I’ve also started to upgrade my skills in terms of graphics and website design. Things have changed a lot since 2008. I mean a LOT! I have kept abreast of some of the changes but there is so much I don’t know. My goal is to learn to do websites from scratch. This is so that I can fully customize my designs. I think it could also be fun (yes, I did write fun!) to design my own WordPress theme and sell them. But I’m getting ahead of myself. One thing at a time.

It’s been interesting observing myself as I’ve returned to doing websites. I’m definitely learning things about myself. One thing about me is that I tend to go at a task till it is done. Things, like eating, going to the washroom, etc., are interruptions I can do without. In fact, I sometimes resent those interruptions very much so! This isn’t so bad if the task is a small one, that might take an hour or two or half a day, When the task is huge, though, as it is with doing a website design, it becomes unhealthy for me and those around me. Many of times, in the past, I have snapped at my husband for disturbing me with life’s necessities. This week, although I have not snapped at my husband, I have found myself obsessing about this website doing very little else. And you know what? That does not feel good! It feels very unbalanced in fact. Life goes on and all of its bits and pieces are worth living, not just some parts of it. So hmmm… I’m listening. Life in all its bits and pieces is a gift. It is all the bits and pieces that make life worth living. It is in making space and time for all these bits and pieces that I feel grounded and balanced. When I obsess over one of those bits and resent all the other bits for interrupting this obsession, I feel disconnected from life and from myself. This is so important for me to know this about myself. It’s empowering. It gives me the opportunity to tweak things. This is a very good thing.

I’m happy to have resumed my love affair with website design. I absolutely love the aesthetic of website design: the colours, the textures, all of it! The artist in me is over the moon with that. It is now up to me to see how I can incorporate this in my life in a way that is healthy and nurturing. I’m pretty sure I can figure this out!