Thursday, November 25, 2010

When life gives you lemons... paint them!

This was not the day that I expected. I spent most of it on the couch, since I've been dealing with a sore upper back, and cramps. That means I didn't make it to my pottery lesson this morning. Or to yoga last night. And definitely not out to paint with a friend tonight. Sigh.

I have had lots of practice with days like these though. I've spent many laying low, sapped of energy because my digestive system was sparring with an unwelcome door crasher, or, more recently, because my nervous system was sparking like an overheated machine. It's not easy, but I try to forgive myself, and then revel in a pajama day. Usually at that point when I start to accept it, I am able to see unexpected positives.

So, with my unplanned extra time today, I found another art e-course online. It's called Art, Heart and Healing, all of which I would definitely like more of! :) And it's a free, start anytime kind of course. Yay! And to make up for my lost painting time tonight, I added more to a little leaf I was working on earlier this week. I got what I wanted from it, and I even took my first crack at negative space. Also, because I wasn't out tonight, I was home to answer a phone call from my dear friend back east. It always soothes my soul to hear her voice, and catch up with her. (A much better) sigh.


This what I posted to the Art Every Day Month group on Tuesday night.


And here we have the finished product, that I am so ridiculously happy with!




13 comments:

Evelyn said...

Hope you get better soon.

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

So detailed!. Beautiful colours.

Anne said...

Lovely painting!

sweet limes said...

I'm so glad you can see the positive in times like this, and more importantly forgive yourself.

You should be ridiculously happy with your finished painting, it looks serene and wonderful.

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Louise said...

I think the way you've coloured your leaf is brilliant - you should be happy with it! I've just finished the Art, Heart & Healing course and it was fantastic. I didn't even know I could paint before I joined it. Now I can't stop! Some of the posts I've done for AEDM are the Willowing projects too. I'm sure you'll get heaps out of it.

sweet limes said...

Hey, I had to stop in again and thank you for telling me about #reberb10. It looks like a great thing to join in for December.

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BarbaraB said...

Adding the background gives the leaf so much more dimension. Lovely color!

The Real Goldie Locks said...

Beautiful colors. I love the contrast between the leaf and the background. Very well drawn also.

Bobbi Lewin said...

It is a lovely leaf you have floating there! I hope you feel better soon:)

xinme said...

Your leaf is lovely -- and thank you for the link to the Art, Heart, and Healing course -- it sounds perfect!

Creatively Sensitive said...

Wow! Thank you all for your lovely comments, feedback, and well wishing <3 Isn't it wonderful to be able to see our art through the eyes of others?!

sweet limes - it will be great to have another AEDM doing reverb with me. looking forward to your responses :)

Louise - I was exactly the same way. I took a short watercolour class this summer and was stunned that I could actually produce something. Here's to letting go of more fear :)

Barbara and Goldie - Sounds like I need to keep using backgrounds!

Bobbi - I noticed that too after I was finished... it kind of looked like it was in a pretty puddle

xinme - Glad to hear it... maybe we will be working through it at the same time! I will look for you on the discussion boards

Cinderita said...

It's beautiful. YOu weren't kidding. xo

George said...

I thought the second one was the photo you were painting from. Then I realized that the leaf wasn't floating in water, it was just the background color. Nice work.