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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Painting to feel: A bold-colors, clean-studio kind of daydream.

“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!
But when I saw the table actually clean...and some fresh new paints...(thank you bridal shower gifts!!!)
How could I not?

So I just wanted to play with some new paint - just one background...
 A thick coat of paint feels so wonderful to spread around with no idea how it'll end up.
 Then a bunch of dragging some napkins around in the thick little paint soup...
 My favorite part - banging the canvas around as hard as I can (I've gotta take a video of me doing that next time - I look pretty ridiculous.)
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.
 When I was done, I dabbed a bit of the paint off to show some of the faces.
 Then I got to have some fun cutting apart an old sweatshirt.

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!

 And there ya go.  No title yet.  But something about love, wedding, dreaming, etc. - you get the idea.  (Can you tell I hate titling my art?)

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


  1. i always learn something new about you, like the coolors that stood for different things, by reading your blog-a blog filled with creative deliciousness!

  2. I LOOOOVE reading about different artists' processes. How fun that this was so spontaneous...I'm sorta jealous, but in a good way. A way that makes me want to carve out time like you were able to do (and do often). :) And I love that you made your own color key/chart, like your own secret language. Very cool.

  3. You are so creative, I love your spontaneity! Thanks for joining the Link-It To Me Link Up Party this week, looking forward to seeing you again next week!