Day 1. Mile 1. Long Road Ahead.

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”2_3″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

abstract oil painting with texture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Long Road Ahead” 36×36, oil on canvas [creativ_button url=”https://denisehopkinsfineart.com/product/long-road-ahead-36×36-oil-canvas/” icon=”” label=”Buy Now” colour=”blue” colour_custom=”” size=”medium” edge=”straight” target=”_self”]

As my half marathon approaches, I’ve been thinking a lot about running as a metaphor for painting. The way it’s manifested itself most lately is this: I’m not that good at mile 1. It’s always, inevitably my slowest. Do you know what miles I am pretty good at? 8. 9. 10 even. Inertia I suppose. Once I’m already in motion, I get the hang of it. I feel good. My legs remember what they’re doing or what they’re aiming for. It’s easier for me to continue than it is for me to start. The success (completion?) of the first few miles makes the following ones more rewarding. I’ve already experienced success. Adding to it is far more gratifying than trying to get to it in the first place.

On one of my longer runs recently, as I neared its completion feeling strong and relatively fast, I thought about how if I never struggled through hundreds of mile 1s and 2s I’d never see how good I was at mile 8. In a December where my inner voice has worried and complained, lamented and chided, on my run I did the opposite. I thanked my 1 mile-in self for not giving up. My 8 mile-in self was pleased.

So here we are on day 1 of 31 days of painting and inertia is getting the best of me. I’m not already in motion. Day one takes greater effort than day 31 will. It’s easier to stay in motion.

So I’ve opted to finally complete a painting that I’ve been working on for months. It reminds me of my junior high friend who changed her hair color every week or so.

But the layers are finally working. I love the gold showing through the light grey-blue (the whole thing used to be gold). I’m happy with the energy of the line in the middle. It, appropriately, feels like a road. And here we are, right at the beginning.

This January, twenty other creative folks are joining me in this 31 day, let’s call it, adventure. And I want to gently remind you, yes you, that it’s not too late. Mile 1 is hard. But if you don’t struggle through it ,you might never know how good you are once inertia is your friend and not an obstacle. Let me know in the comments if you want me to add you to the closed 31 in 31 FB group– it’s place for kuddos and virtual high fives. A place for accountability but never criticism.

And if you’re already going on your 31 day challenge, I’d love you to post a photo of your day 1 accomplishment in the comments. Just hit the little photo icon.

See you tomorrow. I promise it will be a little easier.

P.S. Just like in October, all my 31 paintings this month are discounted for two days after they post. 

 

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_3″][et_pb_sidebar admin_label=”Sidebar” orientation=”left” area=”sidebar-1″ background_layout=”light” remove_border=”off” /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

Picture of Denise Hopkins

Denise Hopkins

January 1, 2018

Share Post

11 Responses

  1. My challenge this month is to walk every day. I had way too many days in decemeber when I left the house before the sun was up and got home after it was down. I spent more time looking at a screen than God’s creation. So looking forward to walking the “Long Road Ahead” with you, my friend!

    1. I love this. And isn’t it so appropriate that it is twenty-something degrees the very first day of January? SMH.

      I’ve been thinking a lot about subject matter lately. In December I did a very large commissioned landscape painting. I’m really interested in literal outdoor spaces and their connection to spiritual interior spaces (in the mind not the insides of buildings). If you see anything particularly moving on your walks, snap a photo for me?

  2. I’ll be developing characters for a novel (“The Misadventures of Beck & Jess”) by writing short “glimpses” into the lives of two characters via Twitter. Follow me @writereebswrite

      1. We’ll learn together. Every time I log in, it takes me forever to figure out how to get to my tweets (even though I just did it the day before). Apparently, being a millennial does not guarantee social media prowess.

  3. Wow, Denise! Your thoughts on inertia absolutely ring true for how Day-1 me I feels! And I am confident Day 31-me will be pleased I did this.

    1. I absolutely agree, Gretchen! Denise hit the mark with her words, as she frequently does. I had a moment today where I thought, ‘Well, I guess I just ‘used to write.’ And what I did today was, well, all I had. But it will get better.

  4. The painting is beautiful, Denise. It hearkens back a little to some of your earlier abstracts [I’m almost feeling a little of the ‘At the Metro’ sense], but at the same time moves on to its own beauty, and stands on its own feet. I really like the feeling of the road you’ve captured.

Leave a Reply

blog

Related Blog Posts

Day 31. If you want to go far…

  “If You Want to go Far” 24×30 inches, oil on canvas I started this month with a bike, and...

View Post
Day 30. Reteach a thing its loveliness.

“The Bud Stands for All Things” 24×24 inches, oil on paper I discovered this poem last week by Galway Kinnell...

View Post
Day 29. Intuition

“Follow Your Intuition” 9×12 inches, oil on paper My art studio is a 300 square foot storage room underneath our...

View Post

Privacy Policy

This following document sets forth the Privacy Policy for this website. We are bound by the Privacy Act 1988 (Crh), which sets out a number of principles concerning the privacy of individuals using this website.

Collection of your personal information

We collect Non-Personally Identifiable Information from visitors to this Website. Non-Personally Identifiable Information is information that cannot by itself be used to identify a particular person or entity, and may include your IP host address, pages viewed, browser type, Internet browsing and usage habits, advertisements that you click on, Internet Service Provider, domain name, the time/date of your visit to this Website, the referring URL and your computer’s operating system.

Free offers & opt-ins

Participation in providing your email address in return for an offer from this site is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose your information. You may unsubscribe at any time so that you will not receive future emails.

Sharing of your personal information

Your personal information that we collect as a result of you purchasing our products & services, will NOT be shared with any third party, nor will it be used for unsolicited email marketing or spam. We may send you occasional marketing material in relation to our design services. What Information Do We Collect? If you choose to correspond with us through email, we may retain the content of your email messages together with your email address and our responses.