Last summer I devoted two months to an exploration of ideas about the next part of my life. I would call this the brainstorming phase of creative problem solving. Leave all doors open, don’t reject any ides, and listen to other people’s ideas and stories.
The first place I wanted to start was to visit my older relatives on a more intense basis: not just hello and goodbye, but reexamine my past through my living aunts. They seemed to be doing pretty well. So I mentally took many notes on their lives, and the lives of other women in their eighties and nineties. Looking for what make their lives work despite aging bodies and dwindling resources. Also I talked to many people my age, in depth, about what they planned to do for their last two decades or so.
I am still processing, partly through this blog, what I learned. Here are a few things that stood out:
Focus on the positive and savor every good thing.
Work around your limitations to keep doing what you love
Wake up every day and look your best
Try new things and don’t worry about failure
Today I got in the mail one of my aunt’s new booklets she wrote about life and dying, a project she has been working on for a long time. I know this project was something that made her excited and kept her going. Now she will probably need a new project but she will always have one. So will I.
In my mind I am translating what I learned this summer to a plan for myself.
- CLASSES 2020
- Why is this Art?
- Oakland in Transition
- Oakland Blog
- The Art and Science of Watercolor
- Personal Art Lessons
- Botanical Painting
- Artful Aging
- Paint supply list
- Watercolor Basics
- Think like an Artist
- MORE Basics book
- John Singer Sargent: Copies for sale
- Learning from ARTISTS
- paint an apple
- Four Cathedrals
- Should I take a class?