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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Learning a New Art


Painting.

I've never been any good at it,
not even a little bit.

I find a lot to admire
in the art of painting, however...

how a bold stroke of red, or the judicious use of just a hint
of pale blue can convey wildly divergent emotions, and depths of feeling.


One can use a heavy hand or light, feathery strokes,
each technique imbuing the work with a
contrasting mood, taking each viewer to a different place.

I'm not planning on learning to paint,
but I am planning on learning a new art.

It's called the art of letting go.

Letting go of 
Worry.
Fear.
Impatience.
Unforgiveness.
Anxiety.
Self-Recrimination.
Condemnation.
Depression.
Apathy.
and most of all,
letting go of
Regret.


I can't change the past,
but with my new set of tools in hand,
I can  paint a bright and cheery canvas on which
to build a happier 2012.

THAT is my New Year's resolution.

Wish me well,
and share your own resolutions
here with me, and us all.

Happy Wednesday, Sweet Friends.




45 comments:

Mourning Dove Farm said...

Love this post! Thank you!

Cindy said...

What a beautiful post! I too, want to let go of many unncessary emotions..so here is to a New Year!
I look forward to reading your blogs in the new year!

Maria @ A Blooming Spirit said...

Amen sister! A fantastic art to embrace during the upcoming year!

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Beautiful:) I do wish you well. It sounds like a great tool for a wonderfully happy life. We can all learn from you, friend.
Happy New Year!
~Debra xxx
Capersofthevintagevixens.blogspot.com

Olive Cooper said...

That is very wise and shows much character. Hugs♥O

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Wonderful Anne! You will be so much happier to let go and move on! Life is meant to be lived going forward not looking backward! hugs, Linda

Lois Arnold said...

Well said! I think I need to adopt this resolution as well. Best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful new year!

RosesRadishesandRubbish said...

Hi Anne,

I just discovered your blog and am so excited to browse all your posts. It's just beautiful and inspiring. Thank you for the post "An Ineffable light." I love the painting and want to find out more about the artist and St. Bridgett as I am also researching Hildegard of Bingham and studying her music.
I am sure that the same intention and beauty that you have put into your blog will flow into your painting. I wish you all the best in 2012. xoAmy

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Wishing you well in the new year! :)

Sue said...

I really DO wish you well with that one! Actually it would fit me pretty good too. Maybe I'll join you and give it a try. Happy New Year!!

Take care, Sue

Blondie's Journal said...

It's a journey, but you are not alone. I will be right along side you.

XO,
Jane

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Beautiful Anne~ what a wonderful post!! Here's to a fantastic 2012!! :)

Linda said...

This is such a wonderful lesson to learn...and very freeing. I had to work very hard at forgiving someone who caused deep hurt~ it took quite awhile, but when I finally forgave her and let the situation go...I was set free. And as far as regret goes...you wouldn't regret something if you hadn't learned from it. It's in the past and you won't repeat it in your future! Happy New Year, Anne! XO

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

I love this Anne! Can you imagine what a wonderful world this would be if all strived for this in the new year?? I wish you success in 2012!~Hugs, Patti

My Grama's Soul said...

How wise you are sweet ..... Anne. Regret serves absolutely no purpose in life. Guilt is the runner up ..... let it all go.

Hugs to you,

Jo

vintagegirl said...

Learning something new and being creative is very therapeutic and I find it very healing...you can let everything else go and immerse yourself in the moment.

Paint to your heart's content!

Sharon

Vintage Gal said...

Anne ~ May I borrow this New Year's resolution ~ because it's a fantastic one. I would love to "let go" and "Let God".
I also want to declutter and simplify this year ;-)

Marty's Fiber Musings said...

I haven't made my 2012 resolution yet, but you've certainly given me a lot to think about...no regrets, now that would be nice to free my mind of!

summersundays-jw said...

I seem to share several of your issues & also, share your desire to rid myself of them. Life's too short! Good luck in the new year to both of us. Jan

Barb and Dell said...

Anne, Your New Year's Resolution is the best I've ever heard. I'm going to add it to my list of resolutions.
Best of luck and have a wonderful 2012.
Barb

Sharon said...

Ahh , Yes Anne , That's the way to move on ! I will try to do the same . For some reason I feel very optimistic about the comming year . And even though I am at the Medicare stage of my life , I feel as if I can do anything I put my mind to . So bring it on 2012 !

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh, Anne --- you are wise beyond your years, my friend. You have had such a trying year with more downs than ups. Yet...you stayed true to your faith, looking to God for answers and comfort. I am so glad to have met you out here in blogland. You have blessed me more times than you know. I have decided that my word(s) for 2012 are "Be satisfied in ME". It's been tugging at my heart for a long time and it's time I recognized it as the Holy Spirit moving through me. Love you, sweet Anne! Can hardly wait to spend another year sharing in your journey!

xoxo laurie

Theresa said...

Sounds like a great plan:) I haven't made any resolutions YET! I will try to make some that I can keep... better hurry, HUH? Have a blessed weekend dear Anne, HUGS!

Pattie said...

OH Anne, what a beautiful post. You are truly one of the sweetest bloggers out here. And you always make me stop and think. May you have a better 2011 God know that you have had a not so good 2011. wish we lived closer.But then again I would drive you crazy.... LOL....

Many Hugs
Pattie

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Hi Anne,
This post is incredibly beautiful and inspiring!!
Your New Year's wishes are exactly what I wish for my life this year. I hope with all my heart that you are able to let go of these things! I hope this for everyone that has these worries that take over their lives. I hope you don't mind but I mentioned your post on my blog today. It really made me think!
I hope your dad is doing well Anne and I wish you a very Happy New Year!!
Sincerely,
Melinda

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Carol D said...

In 2011 my husband had 3 major surgeries and was unable to work most of the year. My son had serious emergency surgery from a twisted colon. My 95 year old mom made 3 trips in 1 month to the ER. All this while dealing with my own health problems and babysitting my 2 year old grandson. My mom just was recently put on hospice and yet, here I am, feeling guilt and regret that I haven't been able to do more for her. Can I just give myself a break please?!

Whimsey Creations said...

Great way to put a new year's resolution Anne and I'll join right in with you!

Alice said...

Beautiful words to live by. In the next year, I hope to learn to like myself and be as forgiving to me as I am to others. After all, I'm the only me I've got, and I have to be around me all the time!

LISA said...

I believe living an authentic, transparent life is truly the key to peace and happiness. I, too, need to work on many of the issues you've mentioned, Anne. Let's do it together. I'm always an email away! Hugs, Lisa

Shirley said...

Hi Anne, I enjoyed your post tonight because it puts things in perspective. We all have had many trials this year, but we have survived. The year is almost gone and let's hope and pray that 2012 will be a better year for all of us. I will continue to pray for you my friend because you have had a lot on your plate. You managed, but you wondered how were you going to do it. Just don't forget to take some "Me" time because it is very important. Happy New Year Hugs from Your Missouri Friend.

LizlovesVintage said...

I only Hope, I can follow along with those thoughts, words of wisdom in the New Year!
Thank You, Thank You for that :)
Happy New Year!
xxx Liz

Tilda said...

i always feel like we begin the new year with a clean slate. it is ours to choose our path. but of course, it is not. our path is filled with darkness, hurts, and things out of our control. your list is good. we would all do well to follow your path for the new year. i pray for good things and new art. in fondest of regard, Tilda

Libbie said...

Wishing your new year is filled with blessings! & lots of time painting ;)

Hopscotch Dandelions said...

Good luck! I too have recently tackled my fear of painting furniture & now I can't stop :)

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

Happy New Year, Anne!
"The unexamined life is not worth living"~~a powerful statement from Socrates.
A blatant call to action not only to ponder your own life but the lives of others.
Time for re-examining what is really IMPORTANT in my life this coming year.... I'm sure you can relate. :)
Wishing all the very best to you and Mr. Twig in the coming year, my dear friend. xoxo

Di said...

Well said, I like that statement ...I will take that and run with it. Thank you for sharing and Happy New Start, Di

Little Leslie said...

I love the way you convey your feelings. You are really inspirational, Anne. Thanks.
I resolve to be a little more patient with my aging mom.

And, maybe, wash my kitchen floor more often.
Happy New Year!
Les

Shell said...

A Wonderful "Painting" for the New Year Annie Girl!

You know I love you more than I love my Glitter,,,,it IS a time for reflections and new beginnings!
You're gonna do/be GREAT!

And,,,,,,ahem, YOU WERE RIGHT! It's in Print, by golly,,,,even with this novice photographers images! Thanks for your belief.

Glad you liked your little "ornie"...Hugs and love,,,and lets chat soon!

Big "Squeeze" and a noisy bus (appropro for the New Year)

Shell

Burlap Luxe said...

Beautiful Anne,

Keep on with your beautiful art.

Looking forward to all you will be inspiring in the new year.

Happy New Year
xx
~Dore

Tricia said...

This is so beautiful and inspiring, Anne. I hope that 2012 brings you everything you're wishing for :)

kerrie of sea cottage said...

I have been doing the same thing for several months now...letting go. It has brought peace that I was needing. I will continue to let go (along with you) in the new year. ox

A Cottage Muse said...

Love those old brushes Anne and the post you've attached them to is the perfect canvas to paint a path toward your new year!

I resolve to make each day count in the new year as well as to "listen" to people when they speak, not just hear their words!

xo
Sandi

Barbara Jean said...

wonderful post, and surprised me when it was not on 'painting' with paint, but painting a new future!
I will claim those same things formyself.

hugs and blessings
barbara jean

~Hassie~ said...

I loved this post, Anne! You are such an inspiration in such that I want to copy and paste this so that I can view it daily to remind myself to enjoy the moment and continue to strive to live each day to the fullest without fear and worry of things we have no control over.
Sending ~hugs~ your way. May God bless you and fill you with His love, grace, and peace!

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