Work and life have been very busy and exciting around here.
And even though it is all good, sometimes the busyness can be stressful.
When I need or want to unwind, I have truly found peace and joy in watercolor painting.
A year ago, I would have told you I enjoyed it, but I sometimes found it stressful as I wanted to be so good and realized what a truly challenging medium watercolor is.
About a year and a half into this new artistic love and hobby, I can truly say I now enjoy it for what it brings to me… The way it relaxes me watching the water and paint flow and mix and mingle… The joy in creating something completely unique and original…
And I no longer stress over perfection (well – most of the time!). I am an artist (finally calling myself that!) who finds more joy in painting than sketching, so drawing before painting is tedious to me. I can’t wait to get to the paint, so I would so much rather just skip the sketching stage. Don’t get me wrong, though… I GREATLY admire those that can sketch and draw creating almost exact likenesses to objects! I marvel and appreciate it so much!
I now realize I want to create things for my own joy… my own impression…. my own interpretation… and if someone else likes it – good. If not, that is okay too. I have developed my own little style, and though I will never be Vincent Van Gogh, I enjoy my painting.
So here’s one of my latest – a simple study of a single brown-eyed susan – Jodi’d up with a purple center, loose strokes and a few splatters!
Here was the photo I took of the flower from our front yard garden. As you can see, I didn’t try to replicate it exactly as is, but used it as a reference to create my impression or interpretation from.
I rather like this one, and I couldn’t wait to see what it looked like framed.
I think I’ll add this one to our McKinneyX2Designs Etsy shop. I love it as a print and think it will make lovely greeting/note cards too. It still amazes me that people have bought my original artwork, prints and cards. Every time the “ding” of the cash register alerts me that someone has bought something from our Etsy shop, I get so excited to see what they liked. Whether it was a beautiful rustic sign or piece of home decor made by my daughter-in-law and partner in artistic fun, Colleen, or a piece of artwork or set of cards that I created, it is such an honor, and I feel such joy.
Tomorrow I am going to be sharing what I think might be my very favorite painting I have done to date. I am excited to share it. You may or may not like it, but that’s okay. Thanks for traveling along this journey with me…. cherishing the moments… at life in between.
Cheers & Hugs,