Monday, April 11, 2011

A Tip of the Hat, A Tip of the Scales

Installation by Andy Goldsworthy,
King of Balance
So.... all those things that I had been neglecting so that I could focus on my creative outlets? Yeah, those are the things I've been doing lately. I have made a huge dent in the mountain range of laundry that was scattered across my house, from bathroom to bedroom, terminating in the laundry room. I have washed dishes three times in the last two days (that's gotta be a record!) and I have even been cooking (gasp!). That's right, folks, I have turned into a regular Susie Homemaker, or at least her less organized, but better looking cousin Sally. And because of this, you might feel that I've been neglecting you... and if that is true, I sincerely apologize.

You may recall my discussion of momentum in a previous post and be wondering if I have lost mine. Don't worry, I haven't, I have just redirected my focus to bring some balance into my life. For the last few months, I have spent virtually every free minute writing, dedicating almost no time to my other duties around here. And let me tell you, people noticed... It got so bad, that my husband STOPPED complaining about not having clean clothes in the closet to wear. Yeah, I know. So obviously I had to do something to tip the scales back in the right direction.

Balance is a concept I wholeheartedly believe in, both in art and in life. In a work of art, balance brings a sense of calm and completion to a piece, rendering even something otherwise complex and messy easy on the eyes. In life, it is much the same. To check your balance when painting, it can be helpful to view your work upside-down or in a mirror (or upside-down in a mirror). In life, well, sometimes you just have to take some time and look around.

Spending too much time and energy on one part of one's life to the detriment of another can add stress. (You CAN have too much of a good thing!) So, now that I've tipped the scale in the other direction (I think it's been 5 days since we last spoke... too long, I know), how about I work on some balance? I know the kids and my husband will appreciate having clean underwear and actual meals, and even if you didn't miss me, I missed you! I'm going to work on making sure that I am writing something worth reading, not just churning out the posts so that I can brag about how often I post (I don't really do that), because after all, the tiny red dot equals the big black circle every time!

(Yeah, that's a balance joke... red carries more visual weight than black, so you can use less of it to balance a larger block of black. Meaning that if I write less often, I will make sure it is more worthwhile to read. I know, lame joke, but hey... what can I say, I think should at least get points for inserting an art lesson in here.) 

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