Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lists and More

Are you a list maker? Do you plan your day in terms of what you need to get done and then tick things off? I don't every day, but some days it just helps me to focus. Here's the interesting thing - the things I forget to do most are those that are important to my emotional well-being, the things that fall under the category of self-care: meditation, yoga, etc. So these days, I put that on my list of things to do - before all the other stuff and that helps!
A few years ago, I found this great daily list notepad in a sale bin at an office supply store. I wish I had picked up 10 of them! They are the best, reminding me to keep my lists short and fun, exactly what I need to not get overwhelmed.
Speaking of lists.... As part of Leonie Dawson's 2015 workbook, you get to write down 100 things you want to do this year. One hundred!!! Do you know how hard that is?! I got to item 3 without problem and then I thought: "Ok, what else do I want to do?" Anything from little to big, mundane to important, fun to earth-shattering. It took me a few days, but I got my list together. I won't be disappointed if I don't get them all done, but it does lend a focus and I included I few of those "I've always wanted to..." items (i.e. make homemade ravioli). Bring it on!! 
On my list were two things I'm already working on. One was to offer customized (in my very own intuitive, happy and colorful style) portraits of your pets.
I've painted two of ours, Louie and Winslow, and just love how they came out. I was totally able to capture the essence of them. Louie so serious and intense and Winslow just sweet, sweet, sweet! I have a couple of listings for the 11 x 14 inch and 12 x 12 inch sizes on Etsy (click here), but if you are interested in a different size, let me know and we'll work something out.
The other item that is on my looooong list of 100 things to do in 2015 is painting an elephant. I'm not sure why that seems significant, but it made the list (as did painting a snake, which I'm looking forward to).
Here it is in progress. I started it last week, but it's been sitting in my studio as we've had a fun and busy weekend with family visiting.
Today I am getting back into my studio to work on this guy. It's a bigger canvas than those I normally work on and really a lot of fun to play with. Let's see where it takes me...
I hope you are having a great week and a fantastic day - with lists or no lists. Enjoy every moment!!

With love and gratitude,



  1. Dear Silke, I am addicted to lists, at work because I would forget everything without writing it down and at home because it makes things more clear to me.
    I have a new years lis to, with just 4 things to do, that´s enough ;0)
    Your paintings of the pets are great, you captured them very well in your own special style.
    Great Job.

  2. Of cause I wanted to say : I have a new years list too.
    I should read before Publishing, he he he

  3. As a trained Librarian, of course I love all things orderly and systematically, and lists are just my thing :-)
    I do not over-use them for my personal life, though; it is usually easy enough for me to stay on top of things with my one-person-no-pets household. But for work, lists are good and some things simply can't be done without them.
    Winslow's portrait is fantastic!!!

  4. Lists are a good thing, especially at a certain age when memory starts playing games on us I myself have only one list - a shopping list; now and then I make a list according to various neccessities.
    Great pictures!

  5. Love the depth of colors in your art, and yes, lists are great and I for one could not make it without my lists.

  6. I mostly only make lists for things I need from the grocery store of office store or craft store. I absolutely love the paintings of your pets. Nice job. I found your blog via Scriptor Senex. (John)