President's Message for March
- Category: News
- Published: Sat. Mar 7, 2020
The alarm clangs and you shut it off, pull the covers up over your head, roll over and go back to sleep. You look at your sewing machine, thinking you should sit down and sew. You should dust off the keys of the piano, sit down and play a song or two. As you walk past your art studio or painting area and look longingly at the empty canvas and dry paintbrushes, you wish you could think of what to paint. Perhaps you should clean the drawers in the kitchen, clear off the shelves in the laundry room… Instead you sit back in the recliner and go through the channels on the television to see what you might want to watch. Has your energy faded and chocolate does not seem to help or even enhance your mood?
You may be suffering from the winter doldrums. The meaning of doldrums is a state or period of inactivity, stagnation or depression. Are you lacking motivation and inspiration? First, there is hope ahead as spring is just around the corner with the promise of sunshine!
Other ideas to help boost your body and mind besides a healthy diet, exercise and good sleep habits:
- Schedule a time daily to create.
- Read inspiring speeches, artist biographies, study art books.
- Listen to upbeat music and dance as if no one is looking!
- Watch movies and films that inspire with stories of art or artists.
- Do something that makes you laugh. Milton Berle once said, “Laughter is an instant vacation.”
- Associate with other artist friends who listen and encourage.
- Volunteer, get involved, practice daily acts of kindness.
- Sign up for classes – attend workshops: learn something new.
- Visit Art Galleries and Art Museums in your city or out of town.
We are fortunate to belong to Omaha Artists Inc and to have the opportunity to enjoy instructional workshops and attend motivating and inspiring luncheon programs. We have volunteer positions on our board offering a better chance to know art events in Omaha and to have lasting friendships with the promotion of positivity and happiness. Members can show and sell their art at our own art shows. Scholarships are offered for members to learn and improve. Being a member of OAI, you are able to join ANAC, the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs: it is a learning and rewarding experience to become acquainted with other art clubs.
Last month, I was asked to speak in Fremont at the Gallery 92 Luncheon and thoroughly enjoyed visiting with the guests and looking at the fabulous art on display. I encourage you to visit other art clubs, galleries and museums in Nebraska and other cities.
One of the ways to experience art museums is join us for the annual Joslyn Art Museum tour this month. You will see details in March Program and Meeting. We wish to thank our member, Pat Lontor for always making possible this experience of education and enjoyment. Usually I share a quote in my monthly message – not this time. This month, Pat Lontor, our spotlight member shares her favorite quote which correlates with getting our creativity back ‘in the groove’ when seeking to beat those winter blues. May you have a spring in your step,
President, Omaha Artists Inc.