From From My Garden, 16″x20″ watercolor 140 lb cold press paper
I just realized I have been posting the every-day-progression of this painting on Instagram, but never in my blog!
My blog is more like my journal or diary. Maybe even my confessional? It is where I divulge my inner most thoughts, which many times can come off as self-deprecating or even once in a while a bit witty and informative. I have all of those traits within me. I always think it’s best to be brutally honest because that is what is most sincere to others. To see that we are all not perfect. We all have struggles important to us even if they may not necessarily be important to others. We have ups, but we also have downs.
With that said, I have had an epiphany. Did anyone else realize I have been working on abstracts in acrylic for over 6 years? Personally, it’s been a really rough ride. I haven’t shown most of the paintings because I never felt like I could create the vision I had in my head. Over and over again I would start a painting and feel defeated mid-way through. For six whole years. Day after day. I have probably 20 unfinished paintings in my basement. It has left me truly wanting to quit art-making altogether.
But maybe it wasn’t that I needed to quit making art. Maybe it’s that I needed to change my art practice.
Before six years ago, I was a watercolor still-life painter. That’s where I started. That’s what was intuitive to me. I have traveled on a path of denying this. Trying everything else in my wake and de-valuing what came natural to me. I blame this on being an experiential learner. Some of us won’t believe the stove is hot until we actually touch it. No matter who tells us otherwise.
I’ve had a six year stove-touching :)
I had to experience everything else I could do to know thyself. Some think that’s why we are on this planet. We didn’t come here to do what we already know, we came here to experience.
Well. I am at the point that I am ready to value what comes natural to me. I LOVE COLOR PERIOD and I really know my way around a watercolor box.
Since this awakening, which was about a month ago, I have been painting up a storm. These watercolors are just flowing right through me. As soon as I’m done there isn’t ten minutes before I’m starting another. It feels great. Like I’ve come home.
The painting in this blog is one of the first larger ones. I’m working on another larger painting as we speak and then I’m also working on little 11×14 size paintings for more “fun/exploration”. The little ones are my permission to not take myself so seriously. That feels good too.
I am trying really hard not to look backwards and ask the question what do I have to show for the past several years? I have to look forward and ask what will come out of me next? The answer I hope -amazingly bright colored pretty things :)
Now on to the ART-part of our programming. I always think it’s fun to look at the progression of a painting. So here it goes:
I have questioned myself. Why florals? Ugh, still lives? How boring. Neither nature nor still-lives will ever lead you to something unique. Maybe I’m supposed to do or be something else? Would something else make me better, more well-known, more deep and introspective? Happier? Well I’ve spent some time looking for the answer to these neurotic questions .
After six long years, this is what I’ve learned. I didn’t choose floral watercolors. They chose me. A soprano is never going to achieve singing like an alto. They are a soprano. Singing like a soprano will light up their world. Meaning : Honor your skill set. Honor your strengths.
I have surrendered. So now let’s see where it takes me…