Little Florals

I’ve been working on these little florals on hot press watercolor paper and have been really enjoying them. The top one I showed in my previous post and I’m really loving where it is now. I may still play with it a bit more and then risk it not being what I had hoped but that’s a chance I will have to take. The other two still need work but I love the thick layers of paint.

Authentic creating

Lately I’ve painted some crummy paintings. I felt a little frustrated with it but decided to instead look for things that I do like within the painting.

That has been incredibly helpful. These paintings are from the second day of working on them and while I don’t love them yet I do love certain parts of them.

The colors feel pleasing for the most part and I like the paint application in parts. It felt good to paint them.

I really get into the zone when I paint abstractly which is exactly the way I want to be. I watched this video last night and it really spoke to me. Art certainly shouldn’t cause stress and anxiety which at times I will admit that it has. Art making for me needs to feel good.

I think that we can learn something from everything we make even if in the end it isn’t quite what we had hoped it would be. And we may even end up loving it more.

Is art making stressful for you? Do you feel you create from an authentic place?

Lovely Things

I’m inspired by Misty Mawn sharing 3 things daily on her site. 3 things that are bringing her happiness in one way or another. I want to do that here although not daily and not necessarily only 3.

*The sky. Yesterday was a dreamy day. 70 degrees Fahrenheit, lots of blue sky and big fluffy clouds. There was a slight breeze. In other words a perfect spring day. I found myself getting lost in movement of the clouds. They are very relaxing to watch.

*This movie on Netflix. I found it so fascinating. I hope you give it a watch.

I fell in love with Henry Isaacs on Instagram. His landscapes are just amazing. I love his use of color and texture and how he simplifies and abstracts the scene. I bought his book and I’m really enjoying reading about his life.

I recently picked up these art books at a used bookstore for $3 total! So many good things to be found in used bookstores.