I remember painting this piece–the discovery of images, shapes, making designs and loving the colors, the whimsical cat and dog that appeared. I was following the flow of what wanted to be seen next. I was certainly a beginner when I painted this piece. I would do it differently today. And yet, there are people who really love it. So it sits in a little gift shop waiting for the just right person to adopt it and take it home.
I see the naivete of myself as an artist. But this piece, any piece, is important to one’s development as an artist. Recognizing images, finding ways to enhance those images, blocking out images with color, learning about design, placement of objects in relation to one another and so much more. Each is a necessary step in the learning process. We can’t know something before we know it in life or in making art.
I recollect that I painted the initial background in an abstract way. Following the intuitive painting process taught by Flora Bowley. But then, as I typically do, I see an image or two and leave abstraction for images. The cat, the dog, the fishbowl with swimming fishes. Flowers…this piece was pure play. I think that comes across to the viewer.
Today, with the necessity of sheltering in place and social distancing, when I can approach the day as I did this painting, I do better. I ask myself what the next step is, what can I do in this one moment? Paying attention to my feelings and when I need to pause, step back, observe and wait and let the wisdom of the moment inform my choices. Then, I’m in conscious conversation with my life as it is right now.
For those of you who want to explore your creative side, there are many online art classes and teachers. They typically offer free tutorials on their websites. A few of my online instructors: Flora Bowley, Tracy Verdugo, Olga Freeman, Lucy Chen and Galia Alena. Check out their websites and see if something calls to you. We start somewhere.
Be safe, stay healthy, find your calm in the midst of the storm.