11/13/2008

Sea. No, Mountains! No, Birds Over a Field...


Well - I had an image in my head of a grey, stormy sea, with a grey sky except for kind of a sickly green where the sun was coming up... I just got this much done - and it's a much happier painting so far than I intended! Brighter colors, etc. The green that's over the sun is a greenier green than I had in my head - it might even be trees, now! We'll see what happens when I start again tomorrow. I might even turn it on its side to see where it takes me then.

I really appreciate Leah's posts about how things don't have to be perfect... the point is the creating, not the creation. It goes along really well with this Abraham-Hicks quote I read the other day: "Life summoning through you is what it's all about, not the completion of anything."

I've been drumming for a while now, and when I drum, I'm able to lose myself in the rhythm, see where it takes me. At first, I was very focused on technique, on the difference between slap and tone, on getting the rhythm "right". It took studying those things to get to where I could really let myself go. It is different with drumming - when I lead drum circles, I make a point of saying you don't HAVE to know those things to let the rhythm take you. But I think having that basis makes me less nervous, more in the moment. I wonder if I took a watercolor class, and got more practice at mixing colors, etc., if I'd feel the same way here? It would be easier to let go if I could trust that what ended up on the page was close to what I was seeing...

For now, I like not having technique and experience... who knows where we'll end up?! A picture of a stormy sea might end up being really happy mountains and trees... I enjoy the surprise of what actually shows up on the paper.

I'm so glad I'm doing Art Every Day!!

3 comments:

Mousey said...

It looks pretty cool for a start! :o) It will be fun to see where it ends up (isn't that half the reason we do this creative stuff? LOL)

Madge said...

art every day -- i need to do that. i get to the end of the day with nothing creative done at all...

Leah said...

can't wait to see where it goes from here! isn't the creative process fun?

i hear what you're saying regarding the drumming. i think it's fabulous to just jump in. there are times when we want instruction and that's great too. but i think the end goal is always to be able to throw out everything we know and just jump in.