Horah! I’ve finally finished a painting or rather something, anything! I feel I stay in the unknown unfinished zone far too long sometimes. I bought a wood panel from Art Discount a while ago and though I love canvas, they can take a while to prime and can easily become mishaped when storing them. Wood panels are flat and have a frame for easy hanging. I used to paint on flat wood, really cheap at DIY stores and fun to paint on, though I found annoying when it came to displaying them.
I bought this panel thinking it was bigger than it actually is, so I wondered, what an earth am I going to paint on something so small, it sat on my desk for months until I bought two second hand easels, a prompt to start painting!
At the start of painting I was learning about Yayoi Kusama, watching videos about her story, process and art, I felt pulled to do some colourful folk art. Though after a week or so I lost my groove and it stared back at me each morning unfinished.
I started using 10 minutes here and there to use as art journaling time and that drew me back to painting again.
While doing 40 days of Sat Kriya Workout I felt more chilled in my being, I found my imagination was really vivid, in thinking up paintings, in meditations in my dreams. In our course meet up we talked about coming from the ‘whole of you’ and claiming our intuitive gifts. The lovely ladies on my course gave me some really wonderful encouragement too so it made me more accountable to continue and finish.
I’ve been listening to new music lately, I don’t always listen to music while painting as I become more still and listen to my intuition without it on but it helps me relax get into a flow. Bliss Greatest Hits is my all time favourite album to paint to, this time I listened to Many Moons by Bachan Kaur. My favourite tracks are Healing Nation, Beauty and the beast, Many moons and Mary.
Before I even listened to Mary, I noticed that I had been painting flowers, seeds and light (I seem to go back to painting seeds and I have no idea why, maybe I’m growing?)
‘Flowers and light flowers and light, that’s all we will hold on to’ – Mary, Many Moons by Bachan Kaur
It’s such a feel good wonderful album! I finished off the painting by adding some more seeds to match the big one and at the last minute added the words – flowers and light. Overall I’m happy with it, though I’m not sure about the big pink/blue flower I just went with it.
This is my last painting on a panel/canvas for I’m not sure how long, a month maybe more. I’ve hit obstacles when it comes to painting on surfaces 1.Space 2.Purpose. 3.My style. I have a box room with just enough space for me, creative supplies and clothes. Secondly I don’t know what to do with paintings that I create, I used to do art markets and though I didn’t make much money they were fun and I had something to aim towards. Now, I’m just not sure what to aim for, if anything that’s out there and do able. We’ll see, there’s a victory here, somewhere. Thirdly I feel a bit lost when it comes to my style, I’ve been painting for 10 years and have done a mixture of expressionism, abstract, folk and fine art. I still don’t know! I just keep painting, from zero something will come.
I am sorting out my creative corner and supplies to do some drawings, art journaling, intuitive painting on paper and putting together an art supply kit to take out places with me. So it’s not completely over – I will still paint, just in my book and on papers!