Winter Abound

Winter is in full swing in Maine.

Winter began in mid December with a good dusting of snow, but then covered with rain.  January gave us extreme freezing temps that even I started to get sick of them.  I think my only response is cuddle and sleep.  Got myself outside as much as possible, even though my internal core just didn't want to warm up.  This year is making it hard to be my regular outside self.  Always good to find yourself not as your routine self.

One thing I set out to accomplish this month is painting larger than I have been, wait I think I started this summer. Since I started painting "plein-air" (outside painting) I have been using smaller canvas's.  I thought go big, Justine, you used to paint huge 8 foot paintings, this will be so easy....

Day after day I struggled to 'go big', first I thought it was my paint brush size, then maybe it was the paint?  Questioning myself and realizing I was in full struggle, the cold set in and my motivation kept thinking about those blankets and warm bed to cozy up in.

I have been listening to Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin and I must say this book is helping me get through my stuck.

She talks about habits and how we end up creating our habits and how our personality type can really sway our habits a certain way.  So many great tidbits about how to break or create new ones.  

A great new year/ new you book to reflect on your own personal habits and create new ones. Working to understand my personality better so I can understand my habit of having a consistent procrastination technique.

"Lost with the Rocks" by Justine Lasdin Springer 30"x30" Acrylic on Canvas

"Lost with the Rocks" by Justine Lasdin Springer 30"x30" Acrylic on Canvas

At least I got some legs in my habit race, got one of these paintings done.  30"x30", not 8 Feet, but I will take what I can get.

What's your habit that you are working on?

Snow and Rain

Today the weather is a mix of snow and rain, and now mostly rain.  I keep hearing from people that the snow doesn't usually come this early.  My memory serves me wrong for I expect it should be here. I should be cross country skiing every morning by now, however it's not coming out of the sky as I would like.  I would love for it to be all snow, drop the rain please.  But I can't really complain because I love the Winter and the feeling of the cold air on my cheeks as I move quickly to stay warm.  By March I will most likely be ready to change that to warm rain, but for now I am embracing each moment.

My neighbor today was upset at the weather forecast because it said it would be warmer than this and the small layer of snow we did get wasn't suppose to be here.  He was so upset because he just wanted to know when he is going to have to shovel.  I said "you shovel when it snows".  It might have been a bit abrupt, but he thanked me for bringing him back into the moment.  Made my morning that I helped someone be in the present, sometimes I think we create expectations only to find disappointment.

If you just embrace the moment like a surprise.  Its really just an amazing gift that you open up every morning.

"The wreck"

IMG_0090.JPG"The Wreck" by Justine Lasdin Springer 12"x12" acrylic on canvas $245 Feeling a little like a wreck today, only because it's the start of the work week and hence my weekend personality is tired of my weekday personality. This piece was accomplished on the island of Monhegan in Maine. This island really pushed my limits as an artist and changed me along the way. The change in a good way, kinda like the change of the seasons. This year was my third time back and just as amazing. This is a giant ship that crashed many years ago on lobster cove. Locals come visit three of my pieces at the Yarmouth Art Festival. Artist reception October 23rd @5:30.

Monday

"One white rock"

"One white rock" by Justine Lasdin Springer 3-12"x12" Tryptic $445

Today was kinda of a blah type of day. Nothing horribly terrible (thankful) and nothing really exciting. I think I am feeling the darkness creeping upon us. Not only did I take my morning walk in the woods in the dark, but the sun was almost already set when I got out of work. Another sign is how quickly time seems to fly and how I don't seem truly motivated to do much. I will be stocking up internally on my vitamin d to get through this drag. However the one thing I will do is post this painting from the summer days. Summer days of rocks and water to keep inspired. Rocks and water to remember the eb and flow of life and once again I will have an abundance of motivation and energy.

When the tide goes out

 
The tide retreats and all these unused homes are exposed on certain islands in Maine. The shore is abundant with these little homes...just waiting for their next animal. The greatest feeling is picking a bunch of these up in your hands and tossing them above your head. Little droplets falling all around like rain. It feels so freeing!  I see a painting of these in my future…keep your eyes out!