Starting again…

Sometimes it helps to focus on something simple…

We have a lot of lemons hanging around in the kitchen…

Why is so hard to start again? The blank sheet can be so paralyzing. Time… I know it takes time. There is just never enough of it. My expectations are always so high… some might say rather unrealistic.

Someone told me recently that scientist’s studies have shown that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become exceptional at your craft. I wanted to get in bed and pull the covers over my head.

Today the covers are off, my optimisim is intact and I’ll take the time that I can find.  I will choose to believe and trust that I can pick up somewhere near where I left off… although the results may challenge that belief I’m sure.

It is in the practice, the journey, the pursuit- that I am most happy. The process. Focusing on the present, being playful and giving myself permission to ruin more than a few paintings . There will be glory in tearing up some of the worst of them. A victory of sorts. Pieces free to become a collage or some other creative project.

My new little logo to link to the online store.

I’m so thankful that I have those watercolor topiary designs that I cannot stop! How they encourage and lift me up when I am doubtful of my ability to paint.

I need to see through a painter’s eye again…

Do you ever get Writer’s block? Painter’s block? Gardening or Designer’s block? How do you defeat the voice of fear when you need/want to start again? Painting these pictures yesterday finally got me moving in the right direction. Now I will have to manage the floodgate and backlog. : )

Apparently I only have about a 8,000+ more hours left to practice. What is that I hear?  I think its the duvet cover calling my name again…

Morning Chores in the Kitchen Garden




Hi, I'm Michelle. I am an artist/designer specializing in unique topiary themed illustrations for the Home & Gardener. I live on a farm in Upstate New York with my husband, aka Farmboy, my two children affectionately known as "La La" and "the Bean" and a small petting zoo of other family members.


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