Thursday, November 30, 2006

Exercise and Knitting

Shadowy Field, 2006, Oil on Panel, 12x16

I have a busy day planned today. First, I have to go do my stupid exercise for the day. I have slacked off on regular exercise in this past year, mostly because of my schedule and because it is the first thing to go when I get the slightest bit busy. Or if I have a hangnail. I was also just kind of burned out on it and it was easy to skip days, which turned into weeks and so on. However, it has really caught up with me lately as I am feeling horribly out of shape and my weight has been creeping up. So I have turned over a new leaf and have been managing to work out everyday for the last few weeks. I have been alternating between an hour on my spin bike/upper body weights and a 3 mile walk (with a lot of hills) each day and in a few weeks I'll start going to the gym for more weight training and Pilates and maybe an aerobics class once in awhile. Hopefully the variety will prevent the burnout again. Right.

I also have about five underpaintings that are ready for the color glazes and I really, really need to get going on them. So I am planning to work in the studio until it's time to pick up the kids at their various activities late this afternoon. Doug is in the city today so it's all up to me! Then dinner, chores, bedtime (for the kids), and then I'll spend a few hours knitting and watching a bit of TV. A few years ago I went completely overboard and bought tons of yarn. More than you can a imagine one person could ever own. Boxes and boxes and boxes. I have no explanation other than I wasn't really painting at the time so I had become completely obsessed with knitting and yarns. The textures and colors of the yarns and the process of making things really fulfilled my artistic needs, I suppose. In Utah, I used to knit things, mostly baby sweaters, and sell them but I don't have enough time for that now. Plus, everyone here seems to knit so there isn't much of a market. But I hope to use up all of my yarn in my lifetime so I continue to knit each night and make endless numbers of scarves and hats and sweaters for all of us and for anyone I know who has a baby.

Ok, so this has maybe turned into a real post. Phew! I thought it would be lame. heh.

By the way, the paintings that I have been posting this week are for the show in January at The Harrison Gallery.


Lisa Call said...

Love the colors in this piece!

Okay - this was a real "me too" post. 3 years ago I ran a half marathon - today - walking down the drive seems to be to far. It is way too easy to get out of the habit of exercising. Good for you for getting back to it. I manage yoga a few times a week but that is not going to keep me in good shape.

I also went through the yarn phase - but I gave most of it away to get rid of the guilt. But now my daughter (10) knits, should have kept it all for her!

Anonymous said...

For short-term knitting projects, check out Robin Hansen's Fox and Geese and Fences double-layer mitten books. They are not only warm, but also beautiful. The mittens I made for friends were treasured for years, and they put a dent in the old yarn basket.

Exercise is so important--good for you getting back into it! Pat yourself on the back every time you finish a workout.

Anonymous said...



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It's amazing how you made the OIL paintings look pastel!

Tracy said...

Lisa, A half marathon! Wow! I admire ANYONE who can run. I don't run ever. Do you plan to get back to it?

Teaching my kids to knit was my own little justification to keep all of that yarn:-)

Hi Kathy, Thanks for the suggestion. I haven't ventured into mittens as of yet, but maybe this is a good time! I will look for those books.

I am happy to be regularly exercising again. It helps so much.

Hi Peter, I'll look through the info and let you know. I haven't really done work that has meaning. but I sure like the idea of discussing peace!

I think that in person my paintings don't really look pastel as much as they do in reproduction or on a screen. But thanks, I love pastel and will accept it as a compliment:-)

Anonymous said...

Tracy - I like 'Shadowy Field'. The lack of edge gives it a nice dusk mysterious feel.

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