Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Further Swimming -- Let it Go!

"Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success.. if you love what you are doing, you will be successful."    -  Albert Schweitzer

I think sometimes I try too hard to figure out what the expectations of me and my paintings are, rather than painting what I feel.  Lately, it's been refreshing to let that go!

I like the photo below of my palette mixtures -- which would make a cool abstract painting -- better in many ways than lots of my "real" paintings.  I have, however, turned a corner of sorts for me --  letting spots of paint fly and enjoying the process.    Knowing the basics is necessary, but fun experimentation is giving me a new lease on life -- woohoo!  

Photo of my palette mixtures

Welcome Home, Charleston, 12 x 12

Class Demo,  
from recent Opelika Workshop, 
White Roses, 14 x 11

Knock First, Charleston, 16 x 12

 Sunny Morning, Charleston, 12 x 9

April Sunshapes, Charleston, 14 x 11

 Block-In (which I like better) of painting below 

Au Nom de la Rose, 30 x 24

Memories of Provence, 48 x 36

Sunporch Bouquet, 18 x 18

Tutu and Boots, 16 x 12
 Class Demo, 
recent Opelika Workshop


"You were never in control anyway," 

Steve Maraboli,
Life, the Truth, and Being Free