Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Artful learning - playing with watercolours.

Today I had a play with some watercolour paints. Quite frankly, watercolour has always scared me somewhat. It is so unpredictable! It runs free and is difficult to constrain. It blends of its own accord. It creates colours that I wasn't planning on. But you know what? That is also what excites me about it! Do I have any idea what I'm doing?  No. Will I keep experimenting with watercolours to see what I can create? You betcha! 
Any time spent making art, even just playing and practising with my supplies is just pure joy. The clock disappears, and so does the pantry (which for some reason calls me incessantly when I'm doing housework!) I get lost in what I'm doing. Art is definitely my happy place.                                                

            




My art making place, my little study/studio, has undergone an upgrade recently with my clever hubby installing overhead cupboards above the bench. It's quite handy being married to an electrician, as he kindly installed some lights underneath the cupboards so I have perfect light on my workspace. My studio is in a period of transformation to reflect my return to home this year. As I'm here more often I have a little more time to escape into my studio to create. It might only be 10 minutes here, half an hour there, or if I'm feeling really indulgent, a whole morning!! What I do know is that I'm a much happier person being at home. I'm more balanced, I'm less stressed, I'm not feeling creatively stifled like I used to and I'm taking better care of myself. Because of this I'm also taking better care of my family, and as a result everyone is happier and less stressed. 

My dream is to some day make a living, or at least a some income, from my art - if for no other reason than to feed my habit for purchasing more supplies. As I focus on creating something each and everyday, my creative confidence grows a little more. After all, you can only gather inspiration from others for a certain period of time. At some point you have to step away for the iPad/laptop/art book, pick up your supplies and create. I'm working on it. 
Thanks for stopping by today. xo 

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