“Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite – getting something down.” -Julia Cameron
Let It Be. That’s sort of been my mantra these last few weeks, especially with my artwork.
These paintings on paper are really a reminder not to over-do my paintings.
I was feeling like with my pieces on canvas, there were so many layers upon layers, that I lost my original intention and vibrancy.
So with these new pieces, I am careful to put the painting away and move on to something else before I cover up the good stuff.
I am really loving to keep the loose brushstrokes and lines that I originally put down. Yet sometimes it feels too easy.
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There’s something about painting on canvas and spewing out layers and layers until I really get out what I need to that makes me feel like I’m getting to the bottom of a painting and pouring my heart out.
I’ve always loved the stories that come out between all of those layers. But I found it was just getting to be too much.
I’d put expectations around myself and my creativity as to what made a painting. And, to me, it just didn’t feel finished unless it was on canvas.
But when I stopped enjoying my paintings on canvas, I remembered I create to have fun and enjoy the process.
These paper paintings are what I needed to get to so I could find that joy again.
And these paintings on paper may not have layers and layers within themselves. But each one builds upon the last, just like adding a new layer and covering and uncovering layers and layers up.
It took laying out all of these paper paintings together for me to see that.
And to remember… it is all about the journey.
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