Sunday, December 31, 2006

Replenishing Her Spirit


As this year comes to an end, I find myself making my list of resolutions-usually, empty promises to myself. They inevitably involve diet and exercise and a myriad of other "fix me" solutions. Well, I pushed that list aside. I want this New Years Eve's promise to be different. Instead of wanting to "fix" everything I hate about myself only to be discouraged it's not happening fast enough, and then giving up and being hard on myself for failing once again...ugh.

This year I plan to replenish my spirit. I'll love myself, flaws and all. I'll eat better, drink less wine, paint more and love more because I'll be nurturing myself which will allow these other things to happen more easily. What better resolution to make than care of the self?

I finished this painting yesterday and hung it in the gallery. When I titled it, my resolution became clear.


Here's to a rejuvinating, replenishing 2007 for us all!!


"Replenishing Her Spirit" acrylic on canvas 24x30 click to enlarge

31 comments:

  1. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE AND THE WORDS OF WISDOM THAT ACCOMPANY THE PICTURE ARE JUST AS BEAUTIFUL.

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  2. That's a fantastic piece of work. and your words-inspiring.
    Beautiful beautiful!

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  3. Hi Laurel, great piece of illustration and inspiring words! Happy new year!

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  4. This makes me want to sleep underground!!! It looks so cozy :-) !!!

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  5. great job on this. I can't wait to check back in and see more posts this upcoming year. Good job, have a great new year!

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  6. I make those same dissapointing resolutions, but I like your and the painting is beautiful!

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  7. stunningly beautiful! what a soothing image!

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  8. what a powerful painting... nicely done.

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  9. Great painting and very inspiring!

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  10. Happy New year!

    Bino

    http://binoland.blogspot.com/

    http://portfoliobino.free.fr/

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  11. Happy New Years form Canada! Glad to see that part of your resolution includes more painting in 2007.

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  12. This is incredible! Words pale in comparison to how your painting and honesty affected me. I love the idea of accepting yourself - flaws and all. I can see this is what has been eating at me lately. I will let all that go and embrace myself. Thank you so very much!

    Joy and prosperity to you!

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  13. Good resolution! :) Like your illo.

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  14. Beautiful, beautiful image! It shows very well your desicion of "helping" yourself.

    I have it with new-years-promises like you, after 2 maybee 3 weeks I couldn't keep them - all I could do is to beat myself in my head and think: "Nor this time! You're useless!" Therefor I don't have made any new-years-promises this year.

    And now I read your words of wisdom! I think you're right, we can't beat anything into ourselves,but take care of ourselves is completely different. Thankyou very much for your inspiring words.

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  15. Beautiful painting. It's obvious that you put a lot of thought and heart into this.

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  16. WOW! I love this painting! SUPER! Great thoughts, too! Boy oh boy, you sound a lot like me (in your thinking--I have a long ways to go to be as good an artist as you!) Mary

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  17. Amazing painting. It's like going back into the womb. I understand completely the resolution thing... Have a very Happy New Year!

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  18. A beautiful post ~ your resolutions are the best and I think Ill adopt them too, Happy New Year to you, Jude xx

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  19. cool concept to your illustration =)

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  20. Beautiful composition, idea and style. I enjoy the deep meaning and accompanying words.

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  21. Love the painting "Replenishing Her Spirit"! The imagery is wonderful and so is the color/surface. What is the medium, Laurel? Keep up the great work! Hope 2007 is filled with awesome satisfaction! Lois

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  22. What a gorgeous painting and a great resolution of the new year. Happy new year!

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  23. Here's to replenishing and liking ourselves, faults and all. Thanks for your comments, it means a lot to know someone sees what I post.

    Take care!

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  24. Very deep and thoughtful. A wonderful image and resolution!

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  25. I love this picture - I love the colours and I love the style, but most of all I feel affinity with the sentiment. It reminds a lot of some of the images I've been working on...

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  26. Laurel you know what I have this picture in my files and I never knew it was from you.

    I also have a card you made me with this picture and I don't know why I still didn't know it was you.

    Amazing and important.

    I wish moving was easier for you. I'm sure the emotions.

    Everytime I make a decision, I then second guess myself for an eternity.

    As for Wahid getting near my neck that won't happen I am in constant hot flash mode.

    Love Renee xoxoxo

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  27. I still love this and find it funny that I had downloaded it before I even got to fall in love with you.

    When you say that you might pare down your blog to just IF does that mean you wouldn't be telling us your stories. I would miss you. But I know you have been doing this for a long time.

    I hate that your childhood home was like that, but nothing can be done now.

    You are amazing.

    Love Renee xoxo

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