Inspired by...

Thank you all so much for your very helpful and encouraging words  during my "lull" last week. Lots of great advice and more importantly, encouragement and support! It never ceases to amaze me that people (you have never even met!) take time out of their life to contribute to yours. LOVE!! Trust me when I say there is nothing better than the ripple effect of inspiration and community. [caption id="attachment_1253" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="inspiration all around.."][/caption] So, last weeks art escapades didn't go so smoothly.Here I was immersed in my goal to be creative everyday and blah,blah, blah. It was a bit of an odd feeling not knowing what to do. I felt like I had forgotten to paint! I am rarely at a standstill so I am looking at this episode as a sit back, breathe and reassess stage. I have learned so much about drawing, painting and creating over the last year. Throw in a couple of workshops, lots of  tips and techniques from my online community plus my own smorgasboard of techniques that I have discovered  and all of a sudden one has a whole arsenal of ways to create. Definitely time to sit back and reassess what I  love. What I want to spend more time exploring and how I can integrate all of these together. What have I learned?
  • commit to a subject matter - study and explore it - morph it out.
[caption id="attachment_1240" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="the life of bees"][/caption] It seems I love shapes. I love plants and flowers, vases, trees...nature. I am not so interested in portraying them perfectly. I like squiggly, broken lines. I love the idea of abstract, but working hard to get to that stage and representing my thoughts on the subject matter. [caption id="attachment_1242" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="journal page-morphing out the bee"][/caption]
  • explore texture and layers - paint freely - use lots of different medium
[caption id="attachment_1239" align="aligncenter" width="917" caption="playing with texture...more bees"][/caption] This is easy. This is what playing is all about. Throwing down paint, adding objects, scratching and sanding. Adding more paint. Obliterating what is not working for you.Down and dirty fun, fun, fun.... [caption id="attachment_1259" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="lots of different texture and medium (thread, ink, paint)"][/caption]
  • Play with color. Put away your go-to colors and start mixing new ones!The beauty of paint is that it can always be painted over. (What I find most difficult here is letting go of my frugal paint-saving ways..)
[caption id="attachment_1256" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="different colors and marks..same bees"][/caption] Ok enough about bees, but you get my drift. I love bees. I had a few dead ones on my window sill for months that I kept to study. My children thought I was nuts.I, too, was beginning to wonder... I  still havent been able to portray the bee as I see fit, but it is not for want of trying. Eventually I will create the bee painting I am after.Or.. maybe not...the lesson here is that all of this experience trying can be applied to any painting. Ok maybe one more...I have so many! [caption id="attachment_1237" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="work in progress...needs a hive and some plant shapes"][/caption] This is an old one I resurrected last week to play with. I already had the bees,but was having a bit of a hard time with the background. With nothing to lose, I just started adding lots of texture and marks. I think it needs a few more shapes like a hive and some leaves or flowers. Definitely needs more movement... and then I may call it finished. Hard to say.... In a nutshell...I think it is good to get "stuck" every once in a while. It's very worthwhile to sit back and have a think about what is working and what is not... Break habits! Does anyone have any suggestions or advice on ways to break free? As always love to hear them! ( you are saving me thousands on art therapy....thank you.)

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