“A piece of art is never a finished work. It answers a question which has been asked, and asks a new question.” ~Robert Engman
|Singing Flower - by me|
In The Studio...
I really was not going to paint today. I just came down to my art room to gather up the inchie pins I'll be selling...
|Ready for business!|
How could I not?
So I just wanted to play with some new paint - just one background...
My expertise method of letting the paint drip some more while it dried - squishing it between some other canvases :) Whatever fits.
Of course, as soon as I start on one, I figure, "Hey, my hands are already dirty. I might as well..."
So...since it is getting to be that special time - I went through a wedding magazine for some inspiration...
I painted over the collage with some gesso and water...
And used some fun acrylic glazes over everything.
Shredded up and painted some burlap material...
I really didn't know what I was going for - when I do this fabric work, like painting, I'm really just playing around.
(Usually, if I do have an idea in mind, it never ends up being that anyway.)
Then I started to get a bit day-dreamish - so I thought a lace little thought-bubble was quite appropriate.
Light bulb! She's dreaming about her wedding dress! Woohoo!
That's the best part about art - I'm not thinking or planning (unlike the rest of my day) and I can actually figure out what I'm feeling. I'm a born "do-er" (some might say over-do-er...) so when I spend my day going from thing to thing, it's easy to forget about tapping into what's actually going on where it matters.
|Trail of My Tears - by me|
It's hard to make time to paint with so many tasks at hand waiting - especially when it's an ordeal of prepping paints, cleaning up, etc. - but I think everyone needs to have that one thing in their day that isjust "for them." It might not get anything "accomplished", but it's their"me-time" - a useless little thing that makes them feel good, or feel at all.
|This is a lovely mixed media creation by Ann Bell|
When I couldn't eat or drink and was just looking for a way to get through surgery after surgery, I journaled a lot - and this is a list I made of ways that I could try to feel "good" and have some "me-time" even though my situation was terribly painful.
When I first got into painting, I even made this chart - I assigned a feeling to each color, and this was my "secret language" with myself - some way I could prevent myself from going numb as I struggled through years of medical hurdles.
Before I go...
If you've got any leftover from your memorial day BBQ, here's some great ideas:
And here's a favorite thing of mine: maximum creativity with minimal supplies:
Ad last...who doesn't like fun things that light up?
"Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.” ~Alice Walker