Saturday, November 9, 2013

Creative Every Day November 9

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The first layers in any of my paintings consist of putting down warm colors, then cool colors, then black and white. If this were an art therapy class, this would have told the story of a time in my life when I was trying to make sense of what was happening and create some sort of order.


And then order came in my life and I didn't want to work on that subject anymore.  So on top of that layer I started again. I knew in starting again, with "no regrets" I would still find myself in some sort of chaos for awhile. I know in starting over, I'm still dealing with myself and my ability and my willingness to be brave and bold and most importantly, being able to let go of preconceived conceptions about what this painting "should" look like. Once restarted, I would continue on.


Definitely in transition on this one. I showed a version of it before. I love that the idea of a woman riding a turtle came up. Today I've been working on calming and simplifying the area around her. I'm excited to discover where it will go next.

Sometimes we just need to restart, return to go, but after getting to go with "no regrets" I still had to strike out again and get through the chaotic stage of new beginnings. Painting is so much like real life!

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  1. I love the finished piece. Did you know that some ancient beliefs show the world as the back of a turtle?

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    1. Since this image came to me, I've done some reading and, WOW, it is the perfect image for me just now, especially in my painting effort!

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  2. *getting to go with no regrets*... yes. Love your woman on a turtle. xox

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  3. I like all the vivid colors and how beautiful they look together.

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  4. I love the transition of the "turtle rider", and how she looks like she's becoming a butterfly.

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    1. Oh, becoming a butterfly. I need to look again. I was on quite a butterfly kick in August and September. Thanks for seeing that.

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  5. I like how you compare the progress of a painting with life in general. So true. Love to see the different stages and can't wait to see what you do with it ....

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