Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy 2014!


Happy New Year to everybody! With the hot colours of the zinnias now flowering in my garden, at last we're getting some proper summer after a cool, drizzly Christmas. I've been pondering where to, what and why for this blog. Posts have been becoming decidedly fewer and farther between - although I've been doing stuff, I just don't seem to have the time I used to to scan, edit images, write (which always takes me forever) and post. So as useless as I am at keeping new year resolutions, I think I'll make a list of Mores and Lesses to guide me through the year, and I hope it will mean more updates, with less time spent on this chair...so!...

More:

  • drawing and sketching - of course
  • painting (am doing another year long Greg Kerr course to keep me under the pump)
  • moving - I think my hips are seizing up from long hours sitting, got to get back to regular walking, swimming, maybe dancing, which I love - as long as nobody's watching.
  • gardening - I've planted a wisteria in front of my studio and it brings such a welcoming, fresh feeling I just want to spend more time there - lots more empty outdoor space to fill.
  • playing, thinking, daydreaming
Less:

  • words - you may get just pictures here sometimes
  • computering, facebooking - much as I love seeing what everyone's up to and following hundreds of fascinating links and stories, it eats up hours, days and weeks!
  • sitting
  • housework - sorry family and friends who might pop in but I'm running out of time (not that I've ever done vast amounts of it but honestly as Joan Rivers says, "You make the beds, you wash the dishes, and six months later you have to start all over again.")
I'll probably think of other things but that'll do for now, as I've been sitting here too long already. Wishing YOU a very productive and creatively fulfilling 2014!



11 comments:

Sadami said...

Cathy, Good work!! Happy New Year! May 2014 will be a wonderful and fruitful year for you. And please be kind to yourself.
Best wishes, Sadami

Shirley said...

Loved reading your More and Less entries. Happy 2014!

dinahmow said...

Erm...planting that wisteria might just eat into some of your "new" time. Well, if it misbehaves as mine does!
But you and Joan Rivers are right.
I love your zinnias!Happy art year to you.

Cathy Gatland said...

Thanks Sadami, Shirley and Dinah - uh, yes - my wisteria after two seasons is already needing plenty of ladder climbing, training and pruning back - whew, but so pretty!

Polly Birchall said...

Love this post. Happy New Year and Happy painting

http://carolking.wordpress.com said...

Happy New Year to you too, Cathy. Your flowers are beautiful considering it's winter here and very cold, they are nice to see.

I like your "more" and "less" lists and think they are all good things to do more and less of.

Sue Pownall said...

Happy New Year to you too.

These are beautiful flowers to start the year with.

I like your lists. It amazes me how people find time for scanning and tweeking, I'm permantely behind.

Less sitting - adopt a puppy :) Or I could lend you Degas.

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Cathy Gatland said...

Thank you Polly, ammi roy and Sue...yes, my ancient dog is now very content to lie next to me while I sit - a puppy would be a shock to both of us!

Helen Percy Lystra said...

Sounds like a good plan....

Helen Percy Lystra said...

Sounds like a good plan....