Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Back to the Basics

Back to Basics, photograph © Vernita Bridges Hoyt 2015  

August 18, 2015: I've been saving this blog for a couple of years and don't know why it hasn't posted.
Everything seems to have changed since 2013 or even since 2014. Instead of getting back to the basics, I seem to have become busier and busier.

One year ago....
August 31, 2014: This morning as I cleaned and reorganized the studio, setting up three painting areas—one for oil, one for watercolor, and one for pastel—I found Julia Cameron's book, The Complete Artist's Way volume that includes The Artist's Way, Walking in This World, and Finding Water. I've been looking for it. The volume was hiding behind a row of other art books. Now I'll get  back to the basics—creativity is a spiritual practice. This will be great reading material in the evenings.

Two years ago....
Back in Time to August 6, 2013: Here it is Wednesday again already. The three day holiday weekend makes for a short week. Call it work ethic or work addiction, that is why I rarely take a holiday; however, my grandson was here Saturday through Monday. I enjoyed the holiday with Zain. We shopped. We ate. We took a day trip. We played ball. We laughed together. All was good. In two more days, Zain will be officially classified as a high school sophomore. I am proud of Zain. He has been accepted into a college prep, independent study high school for the coming year and will be studying in the pre-med tower for those whose aim is to become a veterinarian. Since he was a pre-schooler, Zain has said he wants to be a vet when he grows up. With God's blessing, Zain will continue following the path to a bright future. He has always loved animals. Sunday he asked if we could visit Texas A&M University this summer. Of course, I said yes. I feel sure the campus has changed many times over since I was last there. The trip to College Station will be a treat for both of us.

Sometimes you just 'gotta' get back to the basics.


As a child, I was reprimanded for daydreaming. Today my daydreams morph into paintings.
V. Bridges Hoyt — painting the sauce of Texas.