Finally - I'm allowing myself to start painting again! But denying myself this way for the past month was essential and the only way to get all these chores done - when I'm focussed on painting that is all I can think of and everything else falls by the wayside; but this is enough and now I'm in severe withdrawal and if I don't get into the studio again, I'll burst!
And did I get it all done? Far from it - but enough, so that the huge hurdle of all these records from years back is gone; what a relief! They have been shredded and are now safely waiting for the recycling truck and I can get on with little by little re-organizing my files and catching whatever is left, as well as hopefully keeping up with things as they come in and start planning ahead instead of dealing with the past. Maybe a bit optimistic? At least I can try.
I wasn't quite out of the studio though and managed to finish these three little 8 x 8 canvasses as well as gessoing and preparing a bunch of new ones that I can now start on - it's a delicious thought and sight that they are there ready and waiting for me - full of potential that I hope to be able to honour!
Another - and very positive - job that I have been dealing with is how best to ship five paintings to Denmark; a very good friend from way back suddenly popped up on FaceBook - we lost contact simply due to life changes and haven't spoken in at least forty years. FB is truly amazing this way and it is just wonderful to know that she is doing well; she has been incredibly complementary about my paintings and has now decided to purchase five of the smaller ones - but because they are in different shapes and sizes, I am unable to pack them myself safely and the shipment is too large for Canada Post - so it isn't quite as easily done as I thought initially when we were just talking about one; and of course expensive! But I think that I have found the best option and have just send off all the details so that she fully knows what she is looking at - and we will see if she decides to go ahead with it.
In the meantime: into the studio!!!!