I've been getting into the whole primitive feel/look lately and have been looking for inspiration. I found some recently when I was looking at the Homespun Peddler . They have a great resource for people who like the folk feel and that grunge look. Plus, the articles in the Seed Pod newsletter have a lot of good information for the general crafter as well. I've been gathering info for trying "new" traditional techniques in crafting. It's going to be a lot of fun. :)
Yesterday, I painted/touched up 6 paintings...24 by 48 inches. I need to fine tune a few things but I'm very pleased with my progress. Ideally, I'd like to have at least 8 new paintings to show on Saturday. I'll have quite a few wood carvings as well. It should be interesting in how people respond. The only problem is the weather. So far, it looks like it's going to be a rainy day. I'm very nervous about this as I worry I won't have enough covered space on the front porch should it be rainy or if it's too wet, the grass will be a problem. Last year, we kept slipping down the hill and some of my work was didn't fair well. I'm already planning on 2 more Saturdays for the Art Yard Sale...August 20th and 27th from 9 to noon. I like spreading them out just in case, some people can't make a Saturday for some reason. Also, it gives me a little more time to create a few extra paintings.
Lately, I've been exercising and it's been a real hurdle. I don't know if my form isn't correct but about 4 hours after I work out, my back starts to ache. Sort of in the middle to lower back. I've been doing more yoga, I wonder if I over stretch? I also do an 8 pound weight for my triceps curls. I'm starting to think a trainer might be a good idea to spot me and see what I'm doing wrong.
While painting, I watched this show called "Heavy". It's about overly plus sized people working out in a 4 month period of time. It was very inspirational in showing how emotionally challenging as well as physically challenging it is to get into shape. A lot of people think it's just a matter of doing it but there are a lot of reasons people might be overweight. I was impressed by how support and positive attitude thought creates motivation for change. It made me feel better about what I'm doing and helped me see what I'm doing wrong too. I've decided to start a food journal to take charge of what I'm eating and be aware of this. This is probably where I'm weakest...forgetting to eat snacks and then over indulging. So, I'm going to do this and see if it helps. I like how the show is a 4 month account and focus's on the fact that it takes years to get fit. It's not an over night cheap trick. It really made me feel a lot better about my progress and how to keep going and not give up.