I started this 20"x 20" painting over a year ago. It has transformed itself many times before ending up in this form. It is one of the paintings I started from Flora Bowley's online class.
Two things I have learned from this particular painting are:
1) Inspiration is not going to happen unless I show up. If I don't go to my canvas then it will not happen. I can think about it all day, stare at it, but ultimately until I pick up my brush and put it on the canvas it is not going to happen.
There are many times I feel the excitement of inspiration rising on my body only to get to the canvas and not know where to start or go next. It can be very upsetting even depressing when this happens- because all the excitement and anticipation you felt had no where to go, which leads me to the next lesson....
2) Let it go (as I hear the song from "Frozen" run through my head). Play and see where it takes you. There were parts if this painting I got hung up on because I became really attached to certain sections and didn't want to lose them, and I had ideas and expectations for what I wanted the end result to look like. Once I let go of those expectations and sections and began to experiment and play- that is when the painting g really came together for me.
Applying these lessons to my everyday life would mean:
1) To commit to my passion by making time everyday to work in some creative way (how to do this another post entirely)
And 2) Let go of the past (easier said than done). Learn from it, move on, don't let if define you or stop you from playing and exploring life. Enjoy this moment because it is all we truest have- the past is gone, can't change it, and the future is full of many posibilities so why compromise your now worrying about them.
Learning from these lessons I feel myself transforming just like my painting.
My questions for you are:
What is one thing you can you commit to for now, and take it one day at a time?
And what is one thing you can work on releasing this month?
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Jennifer Russell was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada.She is an Intentional artist who focuses on creating meaning full connections to her work for herself and others. Nothing is more satisfying to her than hearing that her work has inspired someone in their own life.