Mixed Media Artist

A Fine Balance

8″x16″ mixed media painting on paper covered canvas. The sides are .5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE


The beginning of this year, in the middle of the coldest most miserable winter, I slipped and fell…twice…once backward and once forward.  I have never really been that steady on my feet. I often watch other people in amazement as they seem to navigate icy paths with no trouble at all and in the most inappropriate shoes.  Not me.  I really have to be careful or I will wipe out.

Ever since then I have felt less and less in balance. Both mentally and physically. I am not sure if this is just a coincidence.   If I was to think back on 2011 I would defintely say that it was my year of being out of balance. Nothing in my life seems to be balanced properly. Food, exercise, the kids, my art … MY HOUSE…eek.   I have to be honest writing about this is not making me feel better.  That icky feeling has followed me all year and has got progressively worse.

I thought that my children going back to school and having so much more time on my hands would help but I continue to try to find my balance.  I think that balance is the truly the key to happiness. I have felt balance but it is fleeting. It seems, as I straighten up and find myself steady something else is dropped on my head or the spot that I have placed my feet becomes uneven and wobbly.

I have bought some snow boots with excellent traction and I hope that this help.  Maybe staying steady on on my feet  will help me find balance in the rest of my life. It can’t hurt, right?

Red Road Design Interview
Recently, I had the pleasure to do an interview with Jay from Red Road Design.  Please check it out and then take a look at her beautiful blog.



a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight amount, etc.

something used to produce equilibrium; counterpoise.

mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior, judgment, etc.

a state of bodily equilibrium: He lost his balance and fell down the stairs.

an instrument for determining weight, typically by the equilibrium of a bar with a fulcrum at the center, from each end of which is suspended a scale or pan, one holding an object of known weight, and the other holding the object to be weighed.

5 responses

  1. Shelly

    The Red Road Design link doesn’t seem to be working…..
    This painting is gorgeous!

    When you can identify the problem…lack of balance…you are on the road to finding a way to bring it all back into alignment. In the words of Ram Daas, “Take what shows up on your plate and transform it until it feeds you.”

    Your paintings are uniquely balanced and I have a feeling that you are also…it’s just a matter of letting go of that which does not serve you either mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. Free yourself and your thoughts from the bondage of your mind by letting go of what others may think and of what you think others should understand. And if you fall in a mud puddle, check your pockets for fish! “The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.” -Gloria Steinem

    November 22, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    • I think I fixed the link now.
      Love your comment. I may read it over and over to myself as a reminder.

      November 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm

      • Shelly

        The link is working now, loved your interview!

        November 23, 2011 at 6:05 am

  2. Beautiful colors, beautiful painting.

    If that’s the kind of work you do when you’re unsteady, I’d say toss the snowboots and stick with being out of balance– it’s working for you!! : )

    December 5, 2011 at 2:30 am

    • Thanks Mark! I appreciate your nice comment.

      December 6, 2011 at 4:50 am

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