On a recent trip through Florida I returned with a hat. A reminder that I had gone through the area. I left Nashville at weather of 19* and had dressed for a blizzard. I had acclimated my body for the cold, even able to walk out to my car in the snow, no coat, at times. Once I started to hit the Florida line the heat was all over me like an old boyfriend. I was hot! I just wanted a pool, the beach,a bikini, ice, a float, a margarita....but I didn’t have a tan yet. I kept thinking... #beachlife🌴 #funinthesun#sunshine#beachside#poolside
Black and White Wednesday ~
The Crystal Pool, 60x36in, oil on canvas. Available!
The dramatic contrasts in the tonal values were what drew me to do this piece to begin with, so it was really a matter of not screwing up what I already had to work with, lol. The tweaks I gave it were to put some of the brightest lights in the figure’s face and arms to match the intensity of light and the large size of the space that the water takes up on the canvas, while muting the light on the bamboo wall, deepening the shadows up close and losing the contrast in the near distance to simulate that dampness in the air. 🙂
Today is a great day to have a great day! 😉 Working in retail can definitely mess with your family time. So we try to take complete advantage of his days off!! Starting with coffee by the pool!! ☕ Also, I added these coffee cups to my @amazon Coffee Shop!☕Link is in my bio!!
Two of the most powerful things I’ve learned from my physical yoga practice have both come from my FAILS.
The first lesson came from all the ‘failures’ that I’ve overcome. I discovered that I was stronger & more resilient than I realized. And that with each ‘fail’ I was actually learning & growing.
Take this very pose for example. I remember the first time I saw it & tried to do it. And I couldn’t.
But with each attempt I grew stronger, became more open. And then one day this pose did become accessible, and it’s been an enjoyable part of my practice ever since.
The second, and perhaps even more valuable lesson, came from all the ‘fails’ that I still have not overcome.
I learned that it’s OK. It’s 100%, completely fine to NOT be able to achieve everything I want to.
That there will be hundreds, maybe even thousands of postures & transitions that I will never access in this lifetime... and that is totally fine. 🙌🏼
That I will always be enough, regardless of what I can or cannot do.
That it doesn’t make my practice - or me - any less valuable. It just is.
I guess my point is, I know how easy it is to start comparing ourselves with all of these ‘perfect’ or ‘impossible’ postures we regularly catch sight of while scrolling through our feeds.
You may find that some will become a part of your regular practice while others may forever allude you.
And either way is 100% FINE.
Enjoy what you see, find inspiration where you will, but never forget that you are enough, exactly as you are.
Shapes by the pool at the beautiful @lapeerhotel ☀️