Hey there! How have you been? Hopefully you had a great weekend and are feeling ready to start the week. If not, there is always coffee!!!
As you may know, I'm working hard behind the scenes to make my home life more organized for 2019. I'm at the tail end of wrapping up the reorganization of our family's basement living area and am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Hooray for me! :D Also, I didn't realize the the series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix was all the rage before I decided to reorganize my house for the New Year. It is merely a happy coincidence!
When I am working on time consuming projects it is so easy to put art making last on my to-do list. I was feeling creatively deprived last week and decided to do something about it (even though I was super tired by the time I put my kids to bed and had time to myself). One strategy that has allowed me to continue making art during one of the busiest times of my life as a parent of young children is to have more than one way of working in the studio to suit my energy level. If I'm feeling burned out from running around all day along with the constant serving, assisting, food prepping, picking up, cleaning & resolving of disputes when around high energy lovers of life that are my children, the last thing I want to do is think or be careful. My brain is fried at this point, my feet are tired, and I don't want to feel like I am doing work.
Quickie paintings to the rescue! What I am talking about is a carefree painting made for the sake of painting with zero pretense or expectations. Whatever happens happens! It is all about having fun and turning your analytical brain off and going into autopilot mode. I'll grab a few random colors making sure I have white, some kind of black, and about 4 colors that are some altered version of the primary colors along with one warm, bright color like the cadmium yellow used in these butterfly paintings. To simplify things, I try to use only one brush (in this case I used a round brush) and acrylics with a big cup of water. That. Is. It. These paintings were made on 10" x 10" canvas panel.
What do you like to do to unwind after a long day? If you like making art, do you have a hard time making art after a full day of working on something else? What strategies do you use to stay engaged and productive in your art practice? I would love to hear from you!
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These butterfly paintings are available for purchase here.
The paintings featured in last week's blog post were purchased by a collector - thank you for purchasing my art! -xoxo