Whew! Today I am painting with a renewed energy. I have met my goals of completing all my commissions, placing work in new galleries/shops and stepping up my marketing before the holidays. Between now and the New Year, I'll be reassessing the hits and misses of 2014. Always my hardest critic is that little voice inside that will rip up, tear down all that I've done....but.... this year I learned to keep track of those little triumphant moments. The ah-ha of unexpected success to build on in the coming year. Today as I pick up my brush I feel a slowing down that comes with thoughtful intent of focusing on the present. Today I paint for me... a gift!