Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Finishing things off

With the days ticking down to 2012 I have finally been feeling the urge to finish all those tasks I started - and if I don't have time between now and midnight on Sunday morning, then I've made a plan that will show me how.

This is most unlike me, but I'm making the most of this sudden urge to file and fathom. I suppose it helps that I can already feel the breath of the tax man making shivers down my spine. Today the postman made his return after the Christmas break. He brought four pieces of mail. Three were advertisements for Sales and the fourth was a brown envelope from HM Revenue & Customs... a timely reminder.... For once though I did not need one. I was actually slaving away at spreadsheets when the clock struck twelve last night - a step ahead of said inspector of taxes. (Interestingly, my son has already clocked these bureaucrats as 'villains' having seen their shenanigans in his school nativity play!).

I have also made a (long) list of the many online courses, worksheets, tools and newsletters that I have never quite got around to either finishing or, dare I say it... in some cases even starting! I am a great one for diving in with whole-hearted enthusiasm, only to find that simultaneously swimming the English Channel while juggling responsibilities, ambitions and dreams can often more than I can handle... I lose track, get behind and then before I know it... I'm starting the next thing!

My word for 2012 should perhaps be completion. I'm not sure yet... A few more days to go before I need to finalise that decision!

This afternoon I submitted my tax info to my accountant. It felt good. Tonight I finally finished this painting. I was less pleased and suspect that maybe... just maybe... I'll have another play another day... In this version Audrey has wandered into a Chinese nightclub just off Gerrard Street (via the night train to Cairo and a trip to Istanbul) and got herself tangled up in the lanterns. Fortunately it's all electric these days or I fear for those lacquered locks!

20 comments:

  1. I think your finished painting is lovely. Dark reds have always been a favourite of mine, too. Really nice job, Lisa. It seems we both have been doing alot of thinking as of late. Wishing you the very best in the coming new year. Hugs

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  2. Okay. So. The guy is gorgeous. But I gotta admit, he creeped me out!!! lol I am now going to go look at your painting... Happy New Year...

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  3. Beautiful painting! I do love red. Wish you the best in the new year!

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  4. *love this post*
    for once i'm not taking on a bunch of new shit either...
    just wrapping things up this year :D

    okay, or this week...

    xxa

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  5. Beautiful reds going on here and I like the ornaments hanging down. Lovely work. I too loathe tax time.

    Happy New Year!

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  6. I think this painting is one of my all time favs Lisa!!!! wonderful work!!!!

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  7. She is lovely, I love the woman you paint, they really evoke a feeling. Good luck choosing your word, I am looking for mine too, it just hasn't come to me yet.

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  8. ahh I know what you mean about the T man. Dec 1 the goverment here passed a law of 0 declaration ( no real I did what that term means- should be 100% declaration) and all has to be accounted for on the stroke of midnight 31 dec, so they can then be declared to the T man come march 2012. And in Feb they will tell us more about this new law. I think your son got the right idea :)

    Love the painting.

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  9. Oh she turned out fabulous! I love the deep tones, gives it beautiful richness, happy new year :)

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  10. She turned out magnificently!
    I think the ornaments or bead hanging add so much...it hides the reflection even more...and makes her even more of a mystery♥♥♥

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  11. The painting is beautiful, she looks lovely, her hair is gorgeous!

    What you describe about your enthusiasm and handling too much at the same time, thus getting nothing finished reminds me a lot of myself because I have strong tendencies to do exactly that. And then I get grumpy at myself which is the start of a severe down spiral if I don't suck it up and change my attitude.

    Oh God, taxes. Don't remind me of that. I've put a day in my calendar when I will start to put all the papers together (not difficult, just time consuming) and get them ready for tax. Good thing my husband and I file together, so I do the "ground work" and he does the rest that would drive me nuts (I cook the good meals and keep a good supply of red wine...)

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  12. she is so gentle :-) love her eyes!

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  13. your painting turned out lovely--the layers are beautiful. Happy New Year!

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  14. Beautiful work! Wishing you an amazing and awesome New Year and beyond!

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  15. I really like this painting....the hanging orbs add a lot of interest and the red is sultry!

    I hear you on the completion front....one of the very reasons I decided not to purchase a spot in LifeBook :)

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  16. Love this painting Lisa, I really like the lanters, they add a different element and it makes me feel like I'm in the Chinese nightclub with her! Have you settled on completion as your word for 2012?...mine is connection.
    Best Wishes to you for another artful year - looking forward to see what you create! x

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  17. ~good morning my dear friend...she is beautiful...she looks as if she is peacefully pondering thoughts...maybe a reflection of you?!? completion...may have to borrow~add that to my word for the year...i feel your in the sense of needing and wanting to wrap things up and get orderly...i have many things left undone that have been haunting me for months on end...may this new year be one that is full of completion and nourishes your creative spirit each adn everyday...be well and much love light and blessings upon you and yours~

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  18. The painting is lovely especially when completed with the tax man breathing over you... enough to make me turn to drink... I like completion as a word for the year, mine is going to be embrace... completion is just too hard and I figure embrace will let me off all sorts of things... xx

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