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Monday, October 17, 2016

Is Anyone or Anything Ever REALLY Done?

Motivation Monday
Found In A Project 

I haven't written a Motivation Monday post in over a month.
Why You Ask?
30 paintings in 30 days
 Learning to paint figures.

Nothing going on in my world.

Today, however, I am getting back in the groove.

I got up early
Weed Eated
Took apart our old metal rusted out fire pit and got it in the trash
Watered plants.

While I was weed eating I began thinking of Motivation Monday.
I was gone a lot this summer, so my flower beds got out of control.
It's been very dry, so pulling the weeds isn't going to work,
so I carefully got in there and started whacking them down.
  I used up two batteries in the process.

It came to me as I was weed eating, that sometimes beautiful things are pretty ugly for a while.
If you're an artist you know often when painting, in the beginning the painting doesn't look very good.
I don't know how many times I've gotten 1/3 to 1/2 the way into a painting and thought,
"What am I doing?  I don't even know how to hold the brush".
"It looks like I don't know a lick about painting".
"I can't believe I ever thought I could paint".

Ever have those thoughts?


My next project for today is a project that had been abandoned.

It's a wreck.

Can anything that needs tools like this,
be beautiful.
I know,
it's pretty crazy looking, isn't it.
I bought this several years ago on the 127 Yard Sale,
the world's longest yard sale.
It goes near where I live and it is so much fun.
I bought this portable bath tub.
Yep, it's a bath tub.
And it was painted this awful avocado green and had teddy bear decals on it, right out of the 50's.
I worked on it several years ago and then it was abandoned out in our shed.
It's been on my mind for a week or so and the weather is so beautiful right now, I can work outside and it's not hot or cold,
so, today was the day
to get back on it.
I allotted one hour to this project today.
One hour made a huge difference!
The inside of the tub is mostly done,
the arm rests are in much better shape,
the front bottom still needs work.
But I am so much closer than I was an hour before.
I'll work on it for an hour tomorrow and I'm pretty sure I will be very close to done.
Not sure if I'm going to paint it 
or leave it au natural.
Leave your suggestion in the comments.
But Sharon,
what are you going to do with it?
I'm not installing it in my bathroom,
that's for sure.
But I love crazy yard art.
I have an old sink in a garden in my front yard.
This might end up out there with the sink.
Then you know I'll have to add more art to complete my bathroom out there.
Maybe a bed also.
My husband is now rolling his eyes. 
Finishing a project feels wonderful.
Driving past the "this is going to take forever"
to the "I love this and I'm so glad I stuck with it",
is often hard,
but also so worth it.
Look around,
find that painting, craft or project
and get it out and gittr done.
Leave me a comment what you're working on.
We all have them.
Let's share them.



  1. I always love your motivation Mondays, I hope some of that will rub off on me. We all need motivation at times.
    I like the tub natural, and I can't wait to see the finished project.
    So glad you are feeling better.

  2. Thanks Faye. I am feeling better and am very glad. Thanks for your comment. I worked on the tub again today and I'm thinking of keeping it natural, but I'm also having ideas about some crazy pink or teal. Thanks again. Have a great day.


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I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows and flowers. I work almost daily. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at and there is also a tab across the top of my blog for available paintings and one for small paintings with buy now buttons. You can also purchase through my Etsy shop using the name of Fine Nature Art. . Thank you so much for stopping by.