Tonight I am really missing painting.
Between writing and distributing a daily blog, helping my Dad with some health issues, preparing my new website for launch and just daily living stuff, I've not taken time to pick out a new canvas, paints and brush.
In fact, I'm missing it so much that after I finish this, I just might create a little something.
How do you manage to squeeze in the activities in your life that really fill and nourish you?
How about taking a moment now and just enjoy some of the images from my paintings gallery, with or without titles. Just soak up the color, the whimsy, the energy.
About a half hour ago, I was inspired to create a little video tour of my studio/office/prayer and meditation room. It just bubbled up in my thoughts, and the next thing I knew it was done. So now I want to share my creative space with you.
I wish you could sit here and have a cup of tea with me as we look around. And smell the exquisite incense.
Ahh, that was nice...
To think I might have missed this calling. Back in 2010, having spent 35 years in nursing and healthcare informatics consulting, I made the decision to quit my job and answer the little girl that is me who pleaded "Please listen to me! I really need this!"
So, I began exploring my creative side in 2011, on January 12th, my birthday.
Having no formal art education, I worked with Pamela Hawkins, a local artist and at the time art medicine woman. She taught me the style called process painting.
This meant beginning my paintings simply by discerning what colors appealed, how I wanted to move (i.e. in long broad strokes versus swirls or circles or both), and what brushes I felt like using, along with what size I wanted to create. One of the coolest things I learned was that I could always add more paper if the painting called for it.
I was hooked. I set up my own little studio space in my home, starting with tempera on paper. In sessions over the next few years, she provided a safe and nurturing place, along with all supplies, and I painted and painted and painted.
It was she who taught me that I am the painter, the paint, and the painting.
I've since progressed to acrylic on canvas, all sizes, though am drawn more and more to larger sizes. I love how it feels to move my body back and forth as I'm creating. Then stepping back to see what has shown up on the canvas. I'm often surprised, and there's a wonderful sense when the painting says "I'm finished now."
When a friend saw one of my paintings, he asked, "That came from your head?" to which I replied, "No, it came from my heart."
The truth is, a bit of my heart, soul and love remains in each of my paintings.
Well, I gotta go now because I want to paint.
Do reach out to me if you're feeling the vibe to co-create now. Or to make a gift for someone.
Let's manifest something beautiful together!
PS - After I wrote the blog and before I posted the email to my subscriber list, I did a bit of painting: I was so wanting to just fill the canvas with Cobalt Blue.
So I did. First, gather the supplies:
Then paint. And since cobalt blue has been on my mind, onto the canvas it goes, along with some teal and bronze and a bit of sky blue...