Sunday's Serenity © Tikarma Vodicka 2016

Sunday’s Serenity

I’m finally back on the blogging and painting wagon.
To start blogging again I have a new painting to share ‘Sunday’s Serenity’. It’s on hold for a customer, which was a very surprising start back into painting for me.
I hope some of you enjoy viewing my new painting.



Sunday's Serenity © Tikarma Vodicka 2016

Sunday’s Serenity
10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″)


Sunday's Serenity with display easel © Tikarma Vodicka 2016

A display view of Sunday’s Serenity. Easel for display only.


left to right: Marguerite, Sunday's Serenity, Serenity White, Personal Passion © Tikarma Vodicka 2016

A long shot of Sunday’s Serenity on a wall (middle)
Marguerite (left) and Serenity White (right) are still for sale. The design ‘Personal Passion’ is not for sale.



Art Diary, Getting Back on the Wagon. Tuesday 22nd March 2016

I believe at this point every good intention I had for this year can be thrown out the window! I am now just taking each day as it arrives and doing the best I can with what I have to do.

As some of you may remember I was coordinating at the gallery and it was pretty much taking over my life. Some may remember that I also said that if that happened I would have to step down as coordinator.
As much as I’d have liked to continue as coordinator, as a volunteer it wasn’t something I could realistically continue to do full time. It wasn’t an easy decision to make. There are so many talented artists not to mention fantastic volunteers. I did have to do what was right for me in the end.

It was a very valuable experience for me. I’ve learnt how much I’m capable of achieving. I’ve also learnt my limits. I’ve learnt a lot which I’m sure will serve me well into the future.

The big sticking point for me was not being able to paint. Unless an artist is looking to take a sabbatical, I don’t think it’s right to presume an artist is happy to give up their artwork for at least a year to voluntarily coordinate. Despite saying I could only volunteer part-time, I wasn’t told it was actually a full-time job. It was just assumed that I would accept the fact that, if you coordinate, then you can’t paint. I couldn’t accept that, not as a volunteer position.

I missed painting dearly and I really felt the loss of it in my life. I’ve learnt I have to trust less and ask more questions before making these kinds of life changing decisions.
I guess in the end I looked like a bit of a dramatic harpy about it. So be it. I stand by my feelings. You need to be able to make informed decisions and I wasn’t given all the information I needed to make a truly informed decision.

For myself being able to paint is more than just a possible way to maybe make a financial contribution to my household or the opportunity to share what inspires me with others, or even therapy to contain my mania and hold depression at bay. It is who I am and it’s who I want to be, someone who paints, an artist.

To that end, I have taken a deep breath, shaken off the negativity and had a serious re-think about what the heck I’m doing with myself. I have been spending my time bringing order to the disorder that my house and garden became, dusting off my studio, painting and re-designing a new website.

I hope to be able to share many new changes over the next few weeks and I hope, now having ascertained what is truly important to me to share many more paintings and my journey with painting and art with you all.

Wishing you all a creative and inspired week ahead.




4 thoughts on “Sunday’s Serenity

  1. Well done Tikarma on starting back on the road to the life of an artist. Your paintings have been missed! And what a great start! I find a sweetness to this piece that makes you smile 😆 The demands of the gallery were unrealistic and the fact that your predecessors burnt out says a lot about what it takes to try to run a gallery without any support. But you did a brilliant job with the highest quality of professionalism and I am very proud of you!. But, onwards and upwards. Now is the time for your art, and I think the world will be better off with morr of your paintings in it. I know my life will be the better for it! 😉

    All the best of luck with the new paintings and your website. Exciting times!!!

    With all the love in my heart, Jamie xxx 💖

    1. Thank you very much Jamie.
      Awww, I have missed painting and I’m very glad that the new painting brings you a smile.
      Thank you too for all your support during my wanderings into the administrative quagmire of coordination. Thank you for your help, patience and advice. It was invaluable.
      We can all only ever try our best. My strengths lie elsewhere and I’m looking forward to that challenge of making the best of what I’ve been given rather than looking outward. It’s too easy for me to dismiss what I do and put myself last or scrap what I’m doing completely for others. I think the real challenge for me is stay my course and truly believe in what I’m doing.
      I don’t know if the world needs more of my artwork but it’s going to get more anyway. 🙂 I’m very blessed that you enjoy my artwork so much!
      I look forward to sharing the next chapter of creativity with you.

      Yours always in love

  2. Great decision!!!
    I am so happy to see your painting finished and looking really good. And congrats for having a customer for it already! Wow! I’m sending good wishes for your next painting and the work with your web site!
    with lots of love
    xox mum

    1. Thank you very much Mum,
      I feel too I’ve made the right choice. Life is more positive. 🙂
      I’m glad you like how the painting turned out. It is affirming to have others like and want what I’m doing. It still surprises me. 🙂
      Thank you for your good wishes. My best wishes to you too for good weather and light for your tapestry and lots more weaving!
      with lots of love

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