Saturday, April 25, 2009



I had a rare gift fall in my lap this weekend.  The gift of solitude.  I didn't plan it. The circumstances of my life just fell into place with my loved ones.  Everyone had other plans.  This is an event that only happens once in a blue moon.  My husband is on a fishing trip with my son, brothers and friends.  My daughter is caught up in the single scene in the city.  And my brother is diligently working on his sailboat.

Sometimes I just need to be alone.  To hear myself think.  To plan and dream.  Write in my journal without interruption.  I'm sure I'll be listening for footsteps coming up the steps by Sunday evening.  I'll be looking forward to hearing about how my husband's weekend went.  But for now, this is heaven.  Doesn't everyone need to be alone sometimes?


Pam Holnback said...

These colors are beautiful. The foreground pulled me right in. I like your "peek" pictures.

Theresa Rankin said...

Beautiful colors and edges.....and definitely reflects solitude!!

Artworks by Diane said...

It is hard to grab an entire day for alone time, that is why it is so important to take 'moments' each day. Walking my dog is the best time(especially in the woods or country) While he is sniffing and running I am thinking. Most of my creative thinking comes while I am preping myself for the day (hair, makeup, teeth)Every morning I try to give myself at least 15 minutes to an hour for my daily readings and quiet time for journaling and prayer. Actually, I could go on and on. I think I will write my next blog on this. Thanks for the idea. Enjoy your nice Sunday alone. Your paintings are lovely

loriann said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend. Solitude is food for the soul. If solitude and the magic hours are the chemistry behind this gorgeous painting keep both present in your life. Beautiful glazing!

Kathleen Krucoff said...


This is such a rich, warm painting. Love it.

And yes, I agree, we all need solitude from time to time. Helps us to listen to that inner voice.

Silver said...

i can hear the pin drop from here, girlfriend!

i'm glad you're having some own time and enjoying the bliss!


Karen said...

I cherish those moments, too. (although by now everyone is back!).

Your painting here reflects perfectly that quiet time.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Pam, Thanks and I'm glad you like the peek pictures.

Theresa, Thanks so much!

Hi Diane, Thanks for mentioning me in your post! Those small moments alone help to get centered, don't they?

Loriann, I'm actually starting to watch the sky at twilight every day. I bet you are too!

Hi Kathleen, Yes, it really does help to hear ourselves think when we're alone!

Silver, Glad you had some time to yourself on that magnificent trip. Love those pictures!

Karen, Everyone is back here too. Doesn't last long, does it! :)

Deborah Paris said...

Very lovely work Janelle- keep looking- its bearing fruit!

brian eppley said...

This is great. You spent your alone time very well. This reads solitude and happy about it. Nice

neetzy said...

I totally agree. When my husband tells me he has to work an evening or weekend, I look at it as a gift. That's when I feel free to paint.

Beautiful, moody, atmospheric painting.

Jala Pfaff said...

I LOVE being alone. :) Especially if I need to feel creative.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Deborah, Thanks so much. I feel there are glimmers of understanding.

Brian, Thanks. I really like your recent steeples!

Hi Jala., I love being alone too. Guess that's just the way it is with artists.

Fábio Cembranelli said...

Hi Janelle...interesting post. Sometimes I need to be alone when I'm painting , or I need the sound of silence. Love your texts, you're very sensitive and your painting solitude is stunning. Everytime I visit your blog I feel more inspired.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Thanks, Fabio. I've noticed you've been doing some beautiful landscapes lately. I'm going to check your blog right now!

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Neetzy, We all need those solitary times, don't we. Thanks!