I finished this abstract painting about a month ago, but I had to install my scanning software onto a new laptop since my old one decided to die. I’m hoping to get my gallery pages updated this week at some point.
I’m here and creating when I can. The creativity comes in waves during this social isolation and political turmoil. It’s still been kind of a roller coaster ride emotionally, and there are so many nights that I’m too wiped out after cleaning and prepping prek homeschool for the next day to do anything. But I do what I can. Anyone else feel like they are scraping bottom of the barrel and have been for months? We have to do what we can to refill ourselves, because there isn’t anyone “out there” to do it for us. But it’s a hard task. I find playing creatively is the best means for me to do that though.
I’ve finally updated my gallery page with the 3 paintings I finished for the art show last month, and I put two of them up on my Fine Art America page too.
This abstract is entitled Breaking Through, and I painted it with the thought of people finally breaking free of their programming.
The last two are watercolors that started out as experiments with my son from about a year ago, using salt crystals on the page to create interesting texture. After letting the textured pages sit for a long time, I built on top of them in ways that seemed interesting to me, without any set plan in mind. The first was more successful than the second and may have become a personal favorite. I titled it Outer Space 1 because I assume I’ll be painting more on the theme at a later date. I loved playing with my new set of metallic watercolors that I got over the holidays on this one.
The second is a generic landscape that seems a little garish to me, but it is an interesting effort so I am sharing it. Because I wasn’t as satisfied with this one, it is not getting a name nor did I upload it for merchandising purposes, but I do have the original available if anybody is interested.
I have been meaning to share these for over a month now, but work and life has been insane. Still working on coming up with some solutions to give me more time to create, but I am taking things as they come. It felt so good to work on these.
I finished a painting! Hooray! It felt really good to do, too. Now I’m going through and updating all my other listings on Fine Art America and then I’ll start working on the gallery section here on this site. Progress!
You can get prints and other fancy merchandise of this at Fine Art America, if you are so inclined. I really like this one as throw pillows.
This morning, while my son was painting at his easel, I began an abstract acrylic painting on canvas. I haven’t painted with acrylics for years, and the closest I’ve come to abstract work in the past decade is in the creation of collages as color/texture palettes for other design work. It felt great! When I was a wee thing, I used to love doing abstract paintings. My little sister would be painting horses and people, and I did a little bit of figures (complete with pig noses on everyone!) as well, but I always preferred to do spatter paintings or big swirling masses. This was the compliment to the very detailed drawings I did.
Anyway, I’ve been having a lot of “feels” lately, and the painting helped a lot. I’m energized, feeling better able to tap into my creative self for my writing, music, and the other work I’m actually getting paid for, and I loved getting to create alongside my son.