Day 7 – Painting for Parkinson’s – In a Whirl!

InaWhirl-web‘In a Whirl’ – 8″x10″ Oil on Canvas – SOLD!! –
by Cheryl Peddie

I am donating 50% of this painting’s sale price to the Parkinson Alberta Society!
From Sun Feb 24 through Sat Mar 23, I will be creating one painting per day
and donating 50% of my sales to Parkinson Alberta Society.

Well I admit. I’m cheating changing things a little today. I started a painting yesterday (Day 7) but I just couldn’t get it finished. It was a little bigger than the others from this week so it’s taking a little longer. I still have it on my easel today putting finishing touches on it. But I also completed a fun little piece today (ie Day 8). It’s an ‘intuitive painting’. So rather than trying to hurry my Day 7 canvas in order to get it up here in time, I’m using my little piece from this morning as my Day 7 painting. So Day 8’s gonna be Day 7, and Day 7 will be Day 8. Clear like mud?!

So initially I figured this would be like treason. What will everyone say?! I’m cheating! And I’m not sticking to the rules of my own project! OMG I HAVE to stick to what I set out to do. I can’t just change the rules willy-nilly just because I was being lazy! It won’t really be an accomplishment if I do that when the going gets tough! My Dad had to do tough things when he was ill. And I can’t even do this right!? What kind of tribute is this then? What worth will this have?

And then my therapist’s voice got in there and slowly helped me ask myself: How ‘tough’ does ‘tough’ need to be? Who defines the rules of my life? Do I, and the things I do, only have worth if they’re done perfectly? Why does a change mean a failure?

And after all that, then my Dad’s voice started in. Wondering why I was making myself so upset when just doing the project itself is such a precious thing, no matter how it gets done. And telling me again that maybe we don’t always have the answers at to when ‘what’ should happen ‘when’. That there’s a time for everything to happen, and maybe things turn out better when we just accept and wait for the right time, rather than rushing everything according to when we think the time is right.

So, with some self-acceptance back in my heart, and without further adieu, here’s ‘In a Whirl’. My Day 7 (aka day 8 in disguise) Painting for Parkinson’s. My love to you all, and thank you for reading Cheryl.

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