365, Day 150: Perseverance

365, Day 150

Day 150. I have been at this now for one hundred and fifty days. That’s one hundred and fifty days within which I put paint on paper. I showed up, often when I didn’t want to. I’ve painted through pain and depression and in the midst of joy and love and everything inbetween. I tell myself that this is a big deal. I see me change as I leaf through the paintings. And in some ways, I see myself stay the same as my life has changed around me. My father always said it wasn’t genius that got you along in life, it was perseverance.

I have a growing stack of these cards and need to find some way to keep them organized and safely viewable.

Thanks to those of you who are coming along with me on this little journey. Not quite halfway through yet but I’m getting close. Thanks, Dad.

(© Karen Opp. All rights reserved.)

About Karen

I am a fifty-something anthropology student, an artist, dancer, photographer, healer, mother, grandmother and perennial seeker. I am distracted by shiny things and infused with a sense of wonder at the world around me and people in general. I am a “journey” person who often wishes that I could have a “destination” day at least every now and then…
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6 Responses to 365, Day 150: Perseverance

  1. I think it’s incredible, what you are doing and believe your dad is spot on. It must be hard painting every single day. i did the 30 paintings in 30 days and i found myself running out of ideas. Way to go!

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    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Deb. The funny thing about this is that the ideas come. Maybe it’s the structuring of it as a meditation or spiritual practice. I show up…and kind of wait. Usually I’m surprised by what happens.

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  2. Karen, i might have to try this. Do you start first thing in the day? Or later? I’m just curious your state of mind before beginning (as in, left brain, right brain). Either way it’s very impressive to have such a practice and be so diligent.

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    • Karen says:

      Deb, I think I’ll blog about my process. I haven’t really done that since I began and it’s been a few months. But to give you a short answer- I have a lot of training in mindfulness meditation techniques. I’ve done silent sitting meditation off and on for years. I would say this practice is very similar to the painting practice. I have a sort of physical, ritual process that I go through every time, i.e.: I sit down at my table, or wherever I am going to paint, I draw my 1″ circle using an engineering template and the same pencil. Then I draw a larger circle around that, just because. Then I’ll put pencil and template down and just quiet my mind. I take a few deep breaths and just try to be present. I find that I just began offering up a silent question: “What is it that you want to become?” And I kind of wait until I feel moved to do something. Sometimes I feel drawn by a certain color, sometimes I’ll pick up my brush and that gets things moving. It’s actually somewhat disconcerting because I’m *not* consciously controlling what happens.

      I tend to paint in the morning because I’ve learned from experience, given my schedule, that that might be the only time I have. Thanks to the wonderful man in my life, I also have a travel box where I can pack my paints and stuff and have it if I happen to be away from home. I like to paint in the morning because of the light and because I seem to be more attuned to whatever frequency it is that this all flows from…

      I’ll put all this in a blog this week but thanks for the question and the feedback!

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