During the previous week I found myself needing to find more time to paint again. I think with all the information I’ve been learning through Flying Lessons and trying to implement on top of my usual weekly routine it’s really tied me up again; in the sense that I needed to unravel and unwind again. This mini canvas above I’ve worked on over the past week. I love where it’s at now but I can’t decide if it’s finished or not. Previously all my paintings have had some form of imagry in them, but this piece doesn’t. Shall sit on it for a bit I think.
To paint is pure relaxation for me. Above is a glimpse of my studio at the end of this week. When I paint, I put on some tunes, grab myself a drink (usually green tea, or water with some lemon and fresh mint which I forget to drink), load my palette and simply have fun with as much colour and freedom of expression as possible. Time disappears. I relax and my mind feels relieved.
Above is a new canvas that I started on Friday. When I begin a new canvas I get so excited I’m dancing on the inside and a big smile emerges on the outside. My husband Michael will often comment what’s so funny? I guess it looks like I’m laughing at something to myself, or reminiscent of a little kid about to get up to some mischief!! That exactly, but in a fun filled, free, experimental way. I love the anticipation of the unknown journey that my painting process takes me on. I have no determined thoughts on what each painting is going to be, what colours I’ll use, or what it will look like when finished.
Above are a few mini canvases that I have on the go at the moment. I love painting as it is the exact oposite to my trained profession of Architecture. There are no constraints, rules, boundaries, briefs, budgets, expectations, or deadlines. It’s just me, my music, my paint brush or rather usually my fingers, a canvas and some paint. Whatever happens, happens. If something emerges that I don’t particularly like or I end up mixing colours together and make mud rather than rainbows, it doesn’t matter, I can sponge it off, I can paint over it, add another layer, or change the composition completely.
I love that nothing is permanent, everything is a possibility. It is very intuitive. I love the sponteneity and non programmed journey it takes me on. I trust my instinct, feel the music, allow my emotions to emerge, breath and just let go and what appears on my canvas is often a surprise. More often or not, they start off a complete chaotic mess, sometimes muddy, flat and with little popping out at me. But with a little trust in myself to let go, enjoy the freedom and fun of simply putting paint on a canvas and playing with colours and textures and patterns, I always find it will evolve into something interesting.
Above is where I ended up for the time being on this new painting. It’s starting to take shape, still a little messy for my liking, but there are some lovely elements emerging and I know it will take me somewhere special, somewhere where I can just enjoy the process, unwind and enjoy. Below is some of the magic that sometimes appears in my paintings.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the first mini canvas I’ve shared in this post. Should I keep working on it, maybe incorporate an image, or leave it as is? Have a fabulous week, I hope you get to enjoy some creative freedom and relaxation.