I went into the studio the other night to work on a commission and a few other paintings for people, and ended up letting loose on a couple vaguely in-progress canvases, AKA pieces where the first few layers didn't work out so I paint over them until I like them.
I think there are lessons in every stroke of the brush or line of the pencil. I've always been aware of the difficult point in every page and painting - I compare it to growing out your hair; it's great short, and you can't wait until it's long, but there's a middle point where it looks all wrong and you can't put it up but it's in your face that makes you want to give up. But if you stick with it, and let it grow, there are so many beautiful things you can do with it.
Every day I go into the studio and pour myself into the paint, I engage in deeper conversation, one that is conducted without words - instead, it is all color and movement. Think of that time in Ratatouille when food is compared to music and color; that is what paint and crayons and paper are to me. Translations of those raw, vulnerable thoughts and emotions that are as tangled as a headphone cord in your pocket.
I love the wild spontaneity, the thrill of colors brushing up against each other. There is so much magic in the wild, heart-opening bravery of truly letting loose. Letting go of good and bad and just letting things be.
I thought I knew what all this meant, but as I continue to grow, and open, and find a me that God has always seen, deep inside, I learn how tightly my bravery was, and how very much longer and wider I have to bloom.
PS. I think only the last one is near being finished. There's just a bit more to be done. But I want to show all my imperfections and things-at-work because we're never really finished, just hit save at different moments.
Plus, I love seeing color and texture and paintings & journal pages in progress, so that's what I share!
PPS. Art Journal Summer Camp is coming up! Grab the bundle pack so you can play now while you wait for the bus to come and bring us to the virtual shore. I'd really love it if you came. I'll be sharing this lesson, & many more!