I have devoted the first week and a half of this New Year 2009 to many computer related activities. Marketing my work on the web has taken about 75% of my time. I've read many articles that stress ( hmm ..good choice of word) that it is time well spent these days, in fact necessary....but ...I'm getting cranky. I'm not in the business of marketing ,or a computer geek.I am an artist. I need to paint. The lack of daily painting has left me feeling out of sorts and uneasy facing a blank paper. My brushes feel like 2 x 4's and my paints have dried out on my palette. Panic ? No! I've learned to be kind to myself and simply work my way through the uncomfortable beginnings of work. Much like stretching before exercising, pull out an old "failed" painting and just "have at it". Really, I have nothing to lose. If it gets worse, ok, ..but there is always a chance it could succeed. What an opportunity to take unexpected risks,a new color combination,new format,textures, composition. You get the idea. I'm not looking for a finished piece just refocusing on the activity of my painting. Ahh.......relief!