|face your fears|
When I think about where I started with painting I'm amazed that already, this is where I'm at. I think I've mentioned that my venture into painting started when samantha kira harding posted an invitation on her facebook page for a weekly paining circle. Now, I've always loved to use paint in my work but didn't consider myself a painter. Yet, something inside of me said to just go for it and give it a try, so, thankfully, I did. This was my first painting, done in January. It's title, "face your fears," was exactly where I was at. I was afraid to paint, afraid to put myself out there but the desire to be who I really am and show people that became greater than my fear. I worked through my fear in this painting. I really do love the energy of it. I remember working on this painting, just showing up and trusting Divine forces to pull out of me what I needed to say. And when I was done, I was actually surprised at what came out.
|no longer willing to hide|
Paintings 5 & 6 have sat for quite some time as I wasn't sure if they were done. Honestly, I'm still not sure. They don't have a message, just me playing with paints and techniques. The poor things don't even have names but I'm okay with that. I learned from them both. I had fun playing with paint drips which I was inspired to do by both donna downey and nolwenn petitbois. And I like the drips, they're fun. In the painting with the leaves, I had a lot of fun creating texture and layers. And I so wish I had taken pictures of that one along the way because that was a painting that I looked at and said, "I have no idea where in the world this is going, I don't even know if I like it, but I'm going to stick with it and see where it goes." Boy, am I so glad that I did because I really do like it. I keep feeling like it needs something more but it has yet to tell me what it wants me to add to it so it just sits.
There are a couple of more that are in progress but not at a picture stage. I love the painting group I jointed, there are very talented and encouraging women there and I am blessed to be a part of it. I am so glad I decided to embark on this painting journey because I am in love with it! As I grow and learn and progress, my painting and the rest of my art grows and progresses and I'm excited to see where it takes me. It is one of the bravest places in my life because, when it comes to art, I dive right in and give it a try and see if it'll work. And if it doesn't, I'm okay with that because I learn. And isn't life really like that? You dive in, you give it a try, you see if it works, you aren't sure along the way where the heck you are going but...when you get there, you look back and appreciate the journey. For it's all a part of who we are and it is amazing and blissful and fantastic. The process of becoming, always in that process of becoming. And I don't know about you but I love the process of becoming. So I'm going to keep painting, keep creating, keep exercising my creative muscles and see where it all takes me. And I am going to enjoy the passion I have for art and the joy of creating it every step of the way.