Thursday, January 31, 2013

"Z" is for Zen

8" x 10"
Oil on Panel

Since I started this 30 day challenge with a self portrait, I thought I would end with one.
While I do not practice Buddhism, I do feel like I have been enlightened by 30 straight days of painting, probably more than I can articulate at the moment. I do know that getting my priorities straight, and then making the commitment to follow through, was the biggest change I made this past month. I started each day reading scripture and praying which helped me gain some clarity. I even went as far as not allowing myself to check email unless I had my prayer time first. The other biggie for me was that I exercised 3 times/week. To pull this off, I had to learn to say "no" to other distractions and time wasters that I usually fall prey to each day.

Thanks for following me on this journey - stay tuned for February's series.......


  1. I've enjoyed seeing your alphabet series and look forward to seeing more of your paintings in February.

  2. This is a lovely portrait Maria, Really well done in all you have accomplished in the challenge

  3. Congratulations on crossing the finish line! You did such a great job and cranked out an astounding number of quality pieces - you should be proud - a remarkable accomplishment. This one is the perfect way to end - well done Maria!
    Loved X by the way.




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