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The Hidden Beauty

Blog: #22 of 27 by Joyce Auteri

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November 15th, 2012 - 09:15 AM

Hidden Beauty

Itís Tuesday. Yesterday I spent most of the day cleaning the house and doing laundry. I choose just that one day a week, Mondays, to do all that so that Iím sure it gets done and the I donít have to think about it for another six days. Iím not a big fan of cleaning and doing laundry, but the results are wonderful.

Thatís life, though, right? I mean, sometimes, the process isnít all that fun but you do it anyway because you know that the result will be awesome.

I had the music playing while I cleaned and laundered. Not instrumental like I enjoy while Iím in my studio. No, thatís a whole different mindset. When Iím cleaning, itís the classics from the 70ís and 80ís or Country. Lyrical stuff. So, I sing. You see, you have to do your best to enjoy the process, right?

The day before, Sunday, it was instrumental. Spent all day in my studio Ė from 5:30 am until 5:30 pm. That was awesome. I thoroughly enjoyed that process AND the outcome. Painted The Rainbow Bridge. Itís a quaint, little bridge here in Folsom. Itís iconic. It connects this side of Folsom, Orangevale, Granite Bay with, well, the rest of Folsom. It leads directly into downtown and looks out over Lake Natoma. Often times, youíll see kayakers in the water or others just sitting on a rock enjoying a picnic. Itís idlyllic. Most people who know the Rainbow Bridge love the Rainbow bridge. I certainly do. So, I painted it with my inks.

Today, Iím finishing up the cards. My friend Val is going to help me. After a conversation with some fans this past Saturday evening at the Gallery, I think Iím going to sell them as little mini works of art. The card and envelopes Iíll sell separately so that one has a choice to mail it or simply put it in a frame and keep it for themselves. They suggested it and I think itís a great idea. Thanks again Jim, Katherine and Yvonne!

Iíve added glitter to these. I call it Ďblingí. I love bling and I had fun adding it.

Weíll see if they sell.

Anyway, before I bore you to death, let me tell you what the moral of this story is today: Enjoy the process.

You donít have to know what the result will be. You canít, really. No one has a crystal ball that really works. But remember when I said that you donít have to see the entire staircase, just one step at a time? Well, that doesnít mean that each stair has to be boring. Look for the bling. Add your own bling. Listen to the music. Literally. See the beauty in everyday things. A bridge. A flower. An Owl in a Tree (the attached photo was taken by my friend Shelley Hall Ė she found it in a tree in her own backyard! Now thatís someone who enjoys the process.) At the very least, enjoy knowing that youíre here to enjoy and that you CAN. You CAN. Just do it.

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