Sunday, August 12, 2012

A New Way, A New Life, A New Begininng

A New Beginning.  Acrylic on Canvas 48x36
So if you have been following my art for any length of time, you will notice that I have been gravitating more towards the abstract movement.   I've always admired that genre, and have tried and tried to do paintings but unlike how it looks, it isn't easy!   I lot of time you see abstract work and go that looks easy, I can do that.  But it really isn't!  Trust me.

So, after having Emily last June, there hasn't been any time to paint.  For the longest time she didn't even take real naps, so I REALLY had no time.

I was starting to get the creative itch, but I had no way to use it.  I was getting a tad resentful too because I could find time to paint.   So a couple months ago out of the blue my husband took Em, and told me to paint.  Of course I wasn't in the mood, but how could I pass up an opportunity like that?

So I sat down on the floor and started working on a piece that had been sitting for a long time. This is what I started with...

It was very hard to start but, I had to be brave and put paint down, so I did.  As you can see it turned out quite differently!

That night I struggled and struggled trying to find my groove.  I could not relax because I felt so guilty having my husband watch Em while I was doing something baby free.  It took over an hour before I finally got into it. Finally, I told myself to be bold, and not care what I did, so I grabbed the black paint and made those circles on the bottom left.  That was my turning point. After that, it was like I was free.  The painting just took off, and in a few days I had it finished.  Thanks entirely to my husband who was on baby duty so I could do so!  Not long after that she started taking naps thank goodness!

Now it needed a name, so I posted it on  Facebook asking for ideas, and I got a lot of great ones!  There were many I wanted to use, and almost did, but then my husband suggested A New Beginning.

And that just totally clicked with me, because you know what?  It is exactly that.  Not only is it a new way of painting, but it's also me starting to paint again, after almost of year of not being able to. And, It is teaching me to be free with how I paint, and worry less about what I put down and how the outcome will be.  Though I still have to work on this last part every day!

Hope you all are having a good weekend!