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Today I painted.

Today I painted.

I didn’t clean.

The dust is still on the bookcase. The dust is still on the mantle. The dust is still on the kitchen floor. I walked away from the stack of books to be sorted for school. I walked away from the blue toothpaste splattered on the mirror in the bathroom. I walked away from the laundry tub of white socks waiting to be put away.

I walked down the stairs to the basement and sat down in front of my easel.

I painted.

Three hundred and four years later,  I walked back up the stairs and washed my hands.

I would like to show you the painting. I can not take a photograph of it today because the battery for my camera is dead. I can not find the battery charger. I think the battery charger is in the same place as my hammer.

Tomorrow I will paint again.

Tomorrow I will paint for a thousand years.



About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • You definitely have your priorities in the right place. Painting = YEAY! Dusting = BOO! Glad you were “relentless in your search” for the charger. Can’t wait to see your picture.

  • Bev

    Loved your piece! How wonderful to be so caught up in your art that nothing else gets in your way!

  • I love that you left the dust. I always told myself that when my children were grown up I would take time to keep the house dusted. But more interesting and important things come up. It sounds like you know what is most important. When you find the charger for your camera, I hope you take a picture of your painting.

    • pamelahodges

      I found the charger about ten minutes ago. I was relentless in my search. It was hiding in a junk drawer under a stapler. I will post a picture when the battery is charged. Yes, lots of time to dust when the children are gone. But hopefully my life will be full of new things, and I can ignore the dust then as well.

  • Too bad I can’t be inspired to leave my cleaning , dusting etc. & just go for a walk. I do those things but not till all my other things are done. This morning I did sleep again for an hour after my 1 1/2 morning walk. This walk is a must, the other walk I am referring to is just a WALK………..:-)

  • My brushes are strewn over the table, next to my water colors. I’m waiting for a subject to arrive. When I don’t know. Until then, I write. I finally vacuumed my floor in the den. There are more rooms waiting to be seen.

    I love the poetry you painted with words.

    • pamelahodges

      Did your subject arrive this morning? Is the vacuum cleaner waiting to be painted, or does it just keep you busy with the floors so you don’t paint?

  • How lovely to spend all those years in contentment…painting. What a wise choice. Housework will still be there for eons to come and can be dealt with then. 🙂 Happy painting! (May the battery charger and hammer return from vacation soon.)

  • So glad to stop in to see you today and see this post! So glad you walked away from all those things that were trying to keep you from your paint. So glad you came upstairs and shared it with all of us. You inspire!

    • pamelahodges

      I am about to go back in the basement for one thousand years. The dust and laundry can wait another day. Have you drawn any eggs lately?

  • Rebecca Ufford

    I’m sooooo glad you painted! (And I’m glad you wrote today, too.)

    • pamelahodges

      Me too. Superman and Batman send their regards.

  • I loved the repetition in your piece. I loved the idea that you really made me believe years had passed in the time you had been in the basement. What a lovely get away.

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you for your comments about the repetition. Thank you for your comments about the repetition. Thank you for your comments about the repetition.
      Well, sometimes it works. I think I need two pieces of dark chocolate when I go in the basement today.

  • All those other things clamoring for attention could not drown out the contentment of the painting. Have a happy thousand years tomorrow.

    • pamelahodges

      The dust is still there, but I did put away the white socks before breakfast. Now off to the basement for a thousand years. Taking time to be contented in the midst of chaos. Thank you Diane for the well wishes.

  • Pamela,
    I am glad you painted-you sound focused letting nothing else take you from your work…focused escape is sometimes necessary and needed!

    • pamelahodges

      I like that phrase, ” focused escape”. I am about to go and do it again. Enjoying the days before school starts.