Friday, November 19, 2010

Paint Free

I've been taking a painting class called: Paint Free by Wyanne. It's about developing your own style....learning to create without as many expectations of perfection. Wow, what a change I can see in my art....I've loved Wyanne's work for a long time and took her class Mixed Media with the Girls last year, but wasn't at the point where I was ready to really spend time working on my painting. Now I feel like it. :)

This is my latest piece from her class - working without a major plan in mind is a real challenge for me.....imagine The background is from our first assignment and then we added in a collage layer and then painted over....this makes me so happy. It's far from perfect but knowing how I grew through this....that's real art.

This was the original piece.

And another painting I've done from the class - this one painted in only 30 minute segments and only paint and pencils or drawing allowed. Letting a piece develop on it's own is an amazing process.

Oh, and all of the paints I used here are by DecoArt.....Americana Acrylics and Artist Quality Acrylics - I am amazed at the quality and high pigmentation in these paints. So happy to be working with them!

I had a really important message this morning, in my inbox......hope that it might have special meaning to you, too......our energy is too valuable to waste. From the Brave Girls.

Dear Important Girl,

We often don't realize it...but sometimes we find ourselves giving all of our best energy to the very things that we don't want. We do this in lots of obsessing about things because we wish we could overcome not forgiving things that have hurt continuing to do things that we know are not right for us because of guilt or shame or expectations....or even fear. Sometimes we have just done the same thing for so long, that it has become a habit, and even though we don't want to give any more of our time or our life to it, we just keep doing it anyway. Sometimes we feel trapped, like there is not a better way, like our choices are gone. We always always always have the ability to choose.

There are lots of reasons that we waste minutes and hours of our precious day doing things that STEAL OUR TIME FROM THE THINGS THAT WE WANT THE MOST...from the places where we are truly needed...the places where we will find the most happiness...the places where we belong.

And that is how we must view it, sweet friend.....each minute we spend lending ourselves, our time or talents or energy or thoughts to something that we really want nothing to do with is time that is stolen from the things that really do matter to us. Each minute spent with the parts of our life that we want to be free from is a minute that we are not at peace....a minute that is spent feeling miserable instead of joyful.

Please evaluate your time, lovely. Evaluate where you are giving your very best self. Evaluate what it would will take to get back on track. It is worth the work, it is worth the scary steps that it may take to get there. You gotta be in charge of one can do this for you.

You are so important...and you have such important things to do.

You are strong, capable and it is time.



  1. What a moving post!!!! You amaze me...truly you do!!! Your talent is stunning and I just adore what you have done!!!

    I am wishing you a wonderful day sweet friend!!!

  2. Great insights from Brave Girls this morning, thanks for sharing...
    I am in awe of both these paintings...the downward glance and the trail of flowers on the first are both so lovely, and the second one is such a great and meaningful composition, would look so amazing in a daughter's room, just gorgeous.

  3. Beautiful paintings!! I love what you've been creating lately.

  4. Beautiful paintings!!! I loved this Brave Girls post.

  5. Beautiful paintings! Love the inspiring words!

  6. I love both of the paintings, they are wonderful!

    And the amazing words from Brave Girls,wow.

    Thank you for this post : )



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