Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Rush of Something New

It feels so good to have the day all to myself today.  Yesterday is over and today is a new day.  Tuesday is usually an errand day and I hope to get those chores finished early. 

When I removed the garden painting from the block it felt great.  In the book Walking in This World, by Julia Cameron, I read in one of the chapters to 'Finish something'!
How does it feel to finish something?  I felt relief.  The act of closing the book on a work is very satisfying.  So satisfying that I get a rush of inspiration.  Maybe I felt that way because I was happy to be done with a piece I wasn't thrilled with?  Whatever the reason, I became excited about the possibilities.

No sooner had I freed the painting from the watercolor block, I looked over the latest photos I've taken and chose one to sketch onto the brand spanking new paper. 

I decided to use the butterfly photo I took a couple of weeks ago or when ever that was.  I'd like to work it kind of sloppy, sort of abstract.  I might use the watercolor paint thick and heavy, throwing it on the paper, just to experiment with the medium.  I seem to be daydreaming lately about oil painting again. 

While reading through some of my favorite artists' blogs I noticed one was doing what I had been thinking to do, which is paint on a small square-shaped canvas.  I was writing some random thoughts in the Morning Pages yesterday, yes I'm still doing that, and in the blink of an eye I was looking up at my surroundings thinking I should paint on a 4x4 canvas!  Just like that!  I thought to myself, 'You have some weird Artist A.D.D. girl!'  One second I'm writing, the next I'm in LaLaLand and I didn't know where I was or what I was doing.  I had to squeeze my eye lids shut to block out the blur! 
So anyway, that might be my next thing, and I didn't even start this work!  I think I have to go back to oils.  Something in my head keeps pointing me there.  I'm going to have to obey the muse.  First I will start and finish this painting.  Let's see where I go with it.
I'll get back to you on it.


  1. Artist A.D.D- so glad to hear it isn't just me who has that! I guess in a weird way, that is what keeps us coming up with new things! Looking forward to the butterfly!

  2. ha! I think the artist's brain was saying, enough with the writing - go paint! :lol:

    Are you happier with oils than watercolour?
    I'm going to have to go back and look for some of your oils. I take it you have some on this blog?

  3. Yes Sheryl,Artist A.D.D! That's my excuse and I'm sticking with it,LOL!

    Pat you could be right, too! I have a couple of oils on here. I haven't had the chance to take pics of most. They're at my parents' house because my mother won't let me take them off her walls!


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