I'm putting all of these paintings in the same post, because I wanted to show you all what I did when I lost the joy of painting. My mojo had disappeared somewhat over the summer. In my whole month off, I only painted three paintings - I could easily do that in a week before.
When I'd finished them, I did the red flower, one painting for a friend, but after
that, although the technique was there, the sheer joy I had in painting
was lost. I was due to go to art class and wasn't at all inspired.
I had a friend visit and asked why I didn't paint something randomly, to
see what came out. My answer was that if I paint randomly, I get mud
and a mess.
But after she'd gone, I tried it, just wet the paper and doodled with
paint. Slung paint at it and when it was done, decided it needed fish,
don't ask me why - even I'm not always sure how my brain works! So I
painted blue water around some fish shapes. Painting was suddenly fun
again - even though it's not a masterpiece, I enjoyed it and it gave me
the oomph to pick up my brushes, so I'm grateful to my friend and the
When Fishes Flew
once this was done, I had some permanent rose left in the palette - and
some of the gold paint in Fishes reminded me of Chinese letters, so I
Waiting to Shine
very simple, one large sable brush, a few swishes and she's done. Sometimes simple is what you need!
Then Mollie Jones, bless her, of Painting Friends, had done a demo of crystal and berries - so I tackled that - and this is the result.
Thanks Mollie, for your time and generosity!
Waiting for Mollie
I'm really not expecting you to coo over the paintings (except maybe the
crystal one) but I wanted to show you one way out of the painting
doldrums, should you ever find yourself in them.
Until next time....