Friday, April 17, 2009

Peggi Gets Her Groove Back: A "Faces and Figures" Sabbatical

What is the best word to use for taking a leave of absence? I kinda like sabbatical. It sounds so restful, which is exactly what I've been searching for.

I sat down one day and listed everything I've got going on. The list was way longer than I care to mention. The result? I decided there was just too much life happening in front of a screen. Time to cut down on blog posts and comments, ignore google alerts, Facebook messages and Twitter "tweets", and save those nonessential e-mails for the next day.

Let's face it, do I really need to know who's having a bad day on Twitter, who sent me a virtual drink on Facebook (what's up with that?) and which thousand "watercolor portraits" posts to read or write. Of course I plan to check in on my favorite blogs periodically. You know who you are, don't you? (Manon, Vikki, Robin, Linda, Elaine, Kristy, 100 swallows).

So, if you don't hear from me in a while, it just means I'm getting my groove back!

above: Beatitude, watercolor figure 2007


Manon Doyle said...

Terrific painting Peggi! The colors definitely evoke a sense of joy!
I'm glad your catching up with life. I so know what you mean about computer time. I joined Twitter about a month ago and I'm still wondering why anyone would care what I'm doing at a given moment. I don't even Twitter everyday because I'm not that exciting...lol! My friends are trying to get me on Facebook but I won't bite!
Glad your groove is back!

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

Beatitude is one of my favs of your work. Thanks for the reminder about staying balanced. Get your groove on girl!! lol

Deborah Ross said...

I don't blame you, Peggi. I find I can spend hours on the computer and not realize how much time went by. Then I remind myself of all the things I should have done instead. I think you are smart to step back and reflect. We will all still be here. :-)
I'm looking forward to your next posts, and to seeing how much your rest has affected your work. Now, you're not getting your groove back like Stella did, are you?

100swallows said...

Peggi: Good for you! I've been having the same thoughts myself for months but never follow through. I waste so much time every day shooting around the net; but then I rarely even put in a comment on the posts I like--your sketches in the last one, for instance. Don't be away too long. Thanks for being my reader.

redchair said...

You’re too funny and I SOOOO identify!! I don't get Twitter or Facebook and only joined by literally being 'forced' to because of the Challenge site. I never read anyone’s tweets or messages. I don’t even go to read my own messages! I KNOW!! I’m really awful.

To me, it’s like a big cyber mind meld. And I’ve got to tell you-There’s only have room for me in this cranium. I’m more than enough to deal with.

Great painting BTW. You’ve really created a sense of motion with him.

Laurel Alanna McBrine said...

Hi Peggy,

I think I have spent more time on the computer than painting in the past six months - good for you for taking back your life.

How are you liking painting with oils?

Did you go to the conference this year? I had to cancel, sadly.

Bye for now,

Karine said...

You have it right, the internet is such an incredible time warp. You are wise to take a break, and to know how to streamline. I am doing the same. Still like to check on my "buddies" from time to time!

Peggi Habets said...

Hi all. Thanks for the nice comments. I've been so much more productive just by cutting my computer time in half. It's almost like a big weight lifted.

Laurel, yes I made it to the conference this year. I missed seeing you there! It will be in DC again next year; hope you can go. Like the oils more and more, just wish the learning curve weren't so big! Each time I go from w/c to oils I have to untrain my brain. How're things with you?

Theresa Rankin said...

I am so for you on this one....we are artists...we need time in front of canvas and/or paper...not the screen. I am a member of all the same places...or should I call them time sponges.... but choose to post only essentials...and tweeting is usually forgotten. I get it Peggi....please do your thing it's beautiful! Proof of that is the delicious painting you have posted here...absolutely stunning!

CordieB said...

Well, a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. I'm going to miss your paintings; but I'm not selfish. I simply love this one. It's very beautiful and lively. Thanks for sharing!