Years ago when my boys were toddlers I treated myself to a painting class once a week, thanks to my Mom who graciously watched my boys while I was in class. My watercolor instructor one day told me I should learn to draw with the brush. Just paint what was in front of me with out sketching it out first. And creating texture with your brush stroke. It can be quite freeing to simple start painting without drawing in the lines first. After finishing the painting The Journey I needed to free myself with a small painting. I had on hand a 5 x 5 inch gesso board that I have been wanting to try and found it quite nice to work on. Plus working in acrylics can be forgiving when you need to change your line that isn't quite right.
This is a good way to free yourself up after some intense painting sessions. I think I will stock up on some small boards just to be able to create a painting in one day. No wonder the painting a day is so popular. Almost like sketching only you are creating a painting that can be framed and sold.
Do you create small paintings to free yourself up?
Enjoy your day,
Bits of Grace
16 x 12 inches acrylic on canvas $320 Framed
I love white trilliums and they remind me of grace. Not sure why but that is what I keep seeing. Perhaps there is a reason others might see. It sure was grace that helped me with the painting.
Don and I have a favorite place to walk in our area called Eaton Reservoir. A trail borders the reservoir and woods, open fields are on the other side of the trial. We always see something new and go back to see the things we enjoy the most. One of them are the wildflowers and these white Trilliums grace the floor of the woods. The stark white stands out among the green. I love seeing them each year.
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Yes that is a reminder for me. I need to check my attitude at the door. We all have different agendas and priorities and I have let the differences get in the way of my creating. So I'm learning to go with the flow as best I can. It can be a control issue also and I need to let go. So along with learning to say 'no' I'm learning to check my attitude when it comes to the people I love and organizations.
I'm finding that when the attitude steps in I get less creative. Frustration and dwelling on problems doesn't help anyone. Especially me. So you are going to see less attitude and more creating which will be better for everyone.
A good quote to remember...
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Below are images of work in progress. I love white trilliums and they remind me of grace. Not sure why but that is what I keep seeing. Perhaps there is a reason others might see. It sure was grace that helped me with the painting. I'll show the finished painting in the next blog post.
As you can see the background got off to a bad start and there was many times I had to walk away and come back to the painting with fresh eyes. This painting gave me lessons in patience, attitude and grace.
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