Thursday, January 30, 2014

Intuition - Painting with Joy


Afternoon Impressions, 12 x 16


“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” 
― Rumi



I have been liking two recent Oil Painters of America blogs on "Dancing with the Angels," or being in the zone (http://blog.oilpaintersofamerica.com).  Feeling distinctly out of that intuitive place lately, I have been giving thought to finding the way - if not to the "zone," at least to ease and joy :-)

SO,

Back to the Drawing Board (literally) --  I've been doing gesture drawings or studies, of everything -- photos of kids, Michael's hand, drooping roses, the bushes in my snowy Atlanta yard.

Making Lists of All Things Positive -- I've been lying in bed each morning appreciating everything.

Getting Up Earlier and Doing New Workouts -- which makes me feel strong and on top of it.

Remembering This:  the most important goal is to be joyful in LIFE, then all else will flow.



Little Bits 


Sketch, 12 x 9

Pink Purse, demo, 12 x 9


Blue Bowl, 8 x 6



 Lenten Roses,  demo, 12 x 12




 Sarah, demo, 12 x 9



 Sarah and Eli, gesture sketch, 12 x 9

Living mindfully, I shall reach for joy by meditating, drawing, playing, interacting, walking, thinking, looking at fine work, trying new things, and just by letting myself stumble so I can get up and fly higher.
 
And most importantly, I shall keep looking out the windshield, not the rear-view mirror!


















8 comments:

  1. Very valuable and inspiring. Stay warm.

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  2. NICE quote and I REALLY LIKE the 1st floral..BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  3. What a beautiful collection of artwork. Everyone so fresh.

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  4. Always so fun to see new work from you. One of my favorite painters and people!

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  5. What a lovely and inspiring post!

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  6. I love that song, "You Raise Me Up," and you all raise ME up...many thanks for these positive vibes, my friends.

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  7. Thank you, Nancy. With this relentless cold weather, you are raising your artist friends up with such positive thoughts. The paintings are beautiful and inspiring!

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