Hello dear readers,
Over the past few days I've been hard at work promoting my Kickstarter - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lydiadickson/art-for-all-year-2014 Any help spreading the word and getting pledges in would be fantastic! Things are close to the end, but haven't progressed too far. However, as I said in an earlier post I'm not giving up hope on accomplishing my goal of creating at least one piece per week. It will just be a harder later in the year if I end up getting another job to go with it.
In any case I've got lots of works in progress, the character portrait, which is to be titled "Bianca" is progressing nicely. And I'm also working on a couple of other projects, but I'm keeping them under wraps at the moment. Once I get done with the Kickstarter I'll probably be able to mention more. I feel like I'm being very secretive this past week, and I'm kind of sorry, but most of it is just having a lot to do, and being more of a private person in general. I do have things to share with you all, they just don't always flow out of me steadily. Also, sometimes my life is a bit boring. I keep busy making stuff, and do housewife stuff. (All the while planning crazy trips to new places and scheming to make things happen which may or may not ever pan out) At least I dream big!
So, going on to the next topic. I was thinking earlier today and wondering what music people favor when they're working on creative projects. I'd love to hear from you all about particular songs or albums that you've found helpful or inspiring. I'm always looking for more new music and have found that lately I'm listening to a lot of the same thing. I have a lot of music, but am looking for some new perspective too. So please hit me with your best shots! As for me, lately I've found Fleet Foxes album Helplessness Blues to be pretty inspiring and I'm starting to get into the latest Avett Brothers album as well. They're rather similar in feel, so they don't cover all the moods I need music for while working, but are good for many occasions.
Beyond my creative work I've also been working on health plans and such to keep up with my goals there. I've been keeping track of my food intake and monitoring it to see how it compares to what my ideals are....and was surprised to find I'm not quite as great at estimating everything I'm doing. Some days I'm great, but other days I don't realize at all! So I'll be keeping up with tracking things for a while longer until I see more permanent changes in my habits and choices. I'm trying to keep things vague here because I don't like talking about numbers, it gets to being very specific to an individual person and I don't want to make anyone's ideas any worse than our society is already making them. I'm also keeping up with exercises, between dance games on the Wii, yoga, walking, and doing a challenge focused on squats. The biggest thing I'm looking for is getting more energy and feeling better. Over the past couple years I've had a very noticeable dip in my energy levels, which is partially due to some thyroid issues, but something I want to overcome if possible.
Sorry I'm all talk and no pictures this time, but I want to hear back from you all. Let me know what you think, I want to get some conversation going!