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First, here’s the painting I gave to my mom for her birthday. We share a love of rainbows!
Next, some works-in-progress!
The painting above used to look like this:
Which used to look like this:
Crazy, eh? I’m still filled with gratitude to Flora Bowley for opening up the doors for me to trust my process and really have fun with painting. I’ve been loving painting more than ever.
And finally, I finished a commissioned painting for a friend. Normally I get pretty worked up about whether people will like the painting they have asked me to do (especially when they give zero guidelines). In this case, though, I am truly happy with it, and can’t wait to deliver!
Some of my favorite bits:
It occurred to me today that I should record more rainbows. I’ve always loved them – I inherited my love of rainbows from my mother! And when I say rainbows, I mean rainbow anything. This brilliant bit of beautiful organization was greeting me when I walked downstairs – courtesy of my 5 year old son! I guess he inherited it, too.
Things are frustrating on the painting front. I’m feeling stuck between playing it safe and taking risks. When I take risks, I don’t necessarily like what’s happening with the painting. That bugs me. When I play it safe, I wonder if this is all I’ve got. That bugs me.
And yet, I know that when I reach this stage, feeling like I’m being pulled in many ways but not sure what to do, something good is around the corner. I wish I knew what it was. I know that it’s there. I just have to push through the hard part and keep going.
In the meantime, I am also feeling really grateful for many things, especially after this weekend. Life’s pretty darn good.
I’m such a follow the rules kind of person. As soon as a teacher or coach says something, I stick to it, follow the words like they are the only truth. Then I am reminded that there is no single right way of doing things. This idea that there is a “right” and a “wrong” is so engrained in me, that it makes it tough to break free from this way of thinking. Here’s what I want:
I want to be authentic, paint what really needs to be painted.
I want to have fun painting.
I want to admire my own work.
I want to try new things, but not shut out the old.
I want to paint rainbow stripes sometimes, even if I think it’s a way for me to feel safe. Or maybe because it’s a way for me to feel safe.
I want to paint things other than rainbow stripes.
I want to take risks.
And now, I will go back and reread these statements without the “want to”. Because it’s really happening.
I have fun painting.
I admire my own work.
I try new things, but don’t shut out the old.
I paint rainbow stripes sometimes, even if I think it’s a way for me to feel safe. Or maybe because it’s a way for me to feel safe.
I paint things other than rainbow stripes.
I take risks.
But I’m not ready to show any risky paintings yet.