Creativity is the Way

Once in a while, I lose my ‘way’. I revert to old patterns, old hurtful patterns of food addiction and numbing behaviours like spending way too much time on my iPad playing Canasta, watching Netflix, scrolling Facebook, etc. Once in a while, my art table goes unoccupied, unused, collecting dust. The longer I’m ‘lost’, the harder it is to find my ‘way’ again. I get frustrated with myself. I’ve been here so many times, so many times! 

I have not painted for about a week. I have been overeating and spending too much time on my iPad for a few days now. It is interesting how all of this show up together. It is all connected. I know this. I’m not sure, though, what came first. Is interrupting my creative practice what contributes to losing my ‘way’? Or is losing my ‘way’ contributes to interrupting my creative practice? This is something for me to pay attention to, that’s for sure. But in the end, it doesn’t matter all that much what comes first. What matters is to find my ‘way’ again and I know exactly how to do this. I need to sit at my art table and do art. It isn’t easy. It’s uncomfortable at first. There’s are fears there for me, fear of inadequacy, fear of the unknown. The creative process is one of surrender and I know when I do surrender to it, I find my ‘way’ back to myself. 

In this time of uncertainty, I want to really encourage all of us to make time and space for creativity. It doesn’t have to be anything spectacular or huge. There are so many ways to tap into our own creativity. Paint, draw, dance, make music, create a meal from scratch, write, knit, build Lego houses with your kids. Immerse yourself into a creative project for a few minutes or a few hours each day. You will feel rejuvenated and be more prepared to deal with whatever challenges might come your way. Guaranteed!

If you are looking for me this afternoon, I’ll be at my art table covered in paint!

How about you?

Some New Backgrounds

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I have a pile of over 40 paintings that have layers of paint but have not yet ‘graduated’ to completed backgrounds. A few days ago, I had a background painting session and these five backgrounds are now complete! 

I love doing backgrounds. This is where curiousity and experimentation comes into play. “What happens if I do this?”, “How might this colour combination work together?”, “Can I sandpaper this area out?”, “Let’s see what happens if I spray some water here.” and on and on it goes. My creativity is having a ball during this stage.

These new completed backgrounds are all so different. There’s such a richness to them that comes from having layers upon layers. At this time, I have no idea what these paintings will look when totally done. I don’t know yet what focal point might end up on them. I’m looking forward to finding out. Don’t you?

Aren’t these gorgeous? Which one do you prefer?

Project 100 Paintings

Hello, welcome to my new blog! I thought I would start off by introducing you to the project I’m working on right now: Project 100 Paintings.

Last July, I took on the challenge of creating 100 paintings on 11″x11″ paper. I cut my 100 pieces of watercolour paper to size and then proceeded with the challenge.

This challenge has been such a gift! This is exactly what I needed to break a 3-year hiatus in my art practice. I was stuck and seriously doubted my ability as an artist. Anything I did do in terms of art in those three years, I disliked and even hated at times. I embarked on this challenge with the aim to explore, be curious and find my own unique style.

Fast forward eight months and I have completed 50 paintings, have 47 in progress and only three blank pieces remaining. I do my best to paint almost daily. I believe that I have developed a style that is my own. I’m finding out what colours I love playing with and the ones I’m not enjoying so much. In a nutshell, I’m learning to trust the process and myself as a result. My inner critic is welcomed to give me the occasional positive criticism but now knows (most of the time) how to keep her negative feedback to herself. How cool is that!