This one is my fave I think... just because it really does remind me so much of me. See all that crazy busy scribbly mess underneath?... that's what goes on inside my head ALL THE TIME!!! But see the lovely vase and the perfectly arranged pops of blue.. even the cool calm tablecloth... that's me on the outside... that's what everyone else sees. What I like most about it tho is how it all comes together to create a beautiful unique one of a kind work of art. How good is that? I've finally learnt to see myself that way.... embrace my scribbly bits and love my uniqueness. We are all one of a kind works of art that's for sure.
This one is kinda special too. I'm trying to loosen up, be way less calculated and way more messy. I tried really hard not to stop and think (and re-think) this one, I just did whatever popped into my mind next... literally, then tweaked it with some white rings and shading. Nice!
What's really nice tho is how I felt while painting this one. It was right after my Mitch's accident (see more below).. he was back home at long last and I was back in my studio. Things could have been so different. I have never felt so blessed and grateful to paint... it really was one of those luckiest person in the world moments that I will remember every time I see this piece.
I also love trees, all trees are amazing but some are just beyond amazing. So this one is a blooming bright and beautiful tribute to every single tree that ever has and ever will grace this planet... we would be nothing without them!
With all that behind us I can see my next hurdle will be dealing with the people who are quite adamant and vocal about whether I should allow Mitch to ride again. I guess their heart is in the right place when they say "there's no way I'd let him back on a bike", but it's really not that simple. He is determined to ride again, he cannot wait to get back on his bike and follow his dream. It's all he talks about, it's what pushes him to get better. And as hard as its going to be for me (and it will be absolute torture) it's gotta be more important that I don't let my fears get in the way of his passions, his dream, his will to (in his words) not let all the bad shit get in the way of the good stuff. Don't you think? It's a tricky one I know. I'm trying not to think about it too much just yet.. we've still got a few months of healing to get through... both of us :)
Her course "Let The Paint Speak" was excellent.. I was mesmerized just watching her paint and play.. nothing is sacred or special, it's all just a playful journey, and the way she brings her characters to life is truly unbelievable to watch.. well it was for me :)
It was also a chance for me to take a leap into the big scary world of the human form... yes painting people! Flowers are much more forgiving : )
Here's a snippet from the course....
It's all fun and learning and I cannot wait to let loose and let the paint speak again.
I read this book... The DARE concept is pretty much the same approach I've developed over many years of battling my own anxiety but takes it one step further which I'm super excited about and am hoping will make all the difference. It's also full of really good common sense logical information, most of which I had never been told. While it's not a cure it may well be very close and is definitely the most promising help I've ever received in the 30 years I've been dealing with anxiety and panic disorder. I won't go into detail.. you really need to read it for yourself.. infact if you suffer from anxiety you really should read this book.
I got the hard copy version from Booktopia.com
Thank you thank you Rebecca and the art gods.
Stay well everyone, and don't forget to floss : )