Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Transparent Tuesday

 I tried something new yesterday for the first time...painting an abstract. I've really had the itch to give it a try and I had a blast. I had a leftover canvas hanging out in my closet so I thought, "What the heck? I'll give it a whirl!"
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Wondering how I'm going to tie abstract art and transparency together into one post? Well, friends, take a close look at this painting. It's definitely not bright and happy and may even be translated as dark and gloomy. Today's transparent moment is something that can throw me into this dark and gloomy space quicker than I'd like to admit.

It starts with this...
 You're probably thinking I have a weight problem. Honestly, I don't. My problem is all in my head. I used to weigh myself each morning. This would set the tone for the remainder of the day. Small number = happy mood. Big number = cranky mood.

It took me way too long to figure this out, but one day I finally realized that silly scale was controlling me. Why in the world would I allow a number define me? Doesn't make sense, right? Logically, I know this but weight and food are real issues in my life.

Well, I convinced myself to take back control and stop stepping on the scale. It's tucked away nicely in the linen closet and only gets used once in a blue moon now. I know it sounds silly, but it feels a little triumphant to have overcome the 'need' to weigh myself daily.

So, friends, what's controlling you? Is there something you'd love to break free from? Are you ready to get out of the dark and gloomy?

I'd love to pray for you. Leave a comment or send me an email, dfrieling1@gmail.com.


Mother on the Edge said...

I really like this piece of Art, Dana... I don't think it's necessarily "dark and gloomy", but maybe more somber and reflective? Good job:)

pam {simple details} said...

First, you could sell that art for big bucks, I think you missed your calling! Amazing, girl!

I'm in the weigh myself every morning category...it doesn't make me crabby, but guilty that I'm lacking willpower on the bad days!
I'd rather know if I'm up a couple pounds, then I think I'm in control of getting on track before it's too far gone.

I'm sure a psychologist would have a field day with me! :)

Lisa Scibilia said...

I too think you're a pretty talented artist, Dana!

I got rid of the scale when my daughter was going through a chubby period. I did not want her to grow up being ruled by the scale like all us women from this generation! It was the best thing I ever did because in addition to helping her focus more on being healthy than being a number, I stopped weighing myself. I know when I need to cut back and get more exercise by how tight the jeans are!! I strongly urge you to toss the scale, my lovely friend!

Diana @ Your Day Simplified said...

First off, your painting is amazing! There is a beginning and an end to it. I actually see tall skinny people in it and I love how you used the lighter colors for the top part. You have a very good "hand" and "eye"!

The scale thing is so difficult. We are so hard on ourselves. I always remind myself that my friends really don't care what I weigh. They love me at any weight and so I should love myself too!

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

I used to weigh myself daily just for no reason and it got addictive. One can get into a tizzy about a slight difference in numbers. I gave it up a while ago. Only when I am at the doctor's.

bonniegetchell said...

Love this post! I, too, struggle with my weight so I can definitely relate. I have to focus on who the Lord says I am, rather than what the world tells me I am! Just wanted to remind you that you're awesome and beautiful! :)

-Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

Hyphen Interiors said...

I never owned a scale until a few years ago and we get it out so rarely. I just believe that it shoudl be about how you feel/ health and how your clothes are fitting, not numbers. It works for me. But, maybe how my clothes fit affects me almost as much... I hate to get new things because I gained weight! I love any transparent post - awesome!

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