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Painting for No Apparent Reason

May 28, 2014
Window to Beyond -  Acrylic on Canvas, 16x20 inches

Window to Beyond –
Acrylic on Canvas, 16×20 inches

I came across the picture on my computer yesterday.This painting was sold at least 6 years ago. I don’t see the picture often, but it was nice to see it again. It was one of my first very textural paintings. I think if you click on  it you will see more detail. I’ve made it my computer’s wallpaper for a while. For the past few days I have felt the need to paint. I don’t mean just the urge, or the impulse, or the desire to paint. But the need to paint. To paint for no apparent reason. Just for myself.

Doing collage and relief prints are ways to satisfy an urge to create. But for me, there is nothing like painting for taking me into a whole different place emotionally, putting me deeper into the zone. Springtime has kept me outside, and that is a good thing in its own way. But no matter how many rewards there are in having a garden or making my surroundings beautiful, it’s still not quite the same as cranking up the music and making a glorious mess, getting paint all the way up to my elbows and all over my clothes. When I haven’t painted for a long while, I can feel my world getting a little out of balance. I don’t sleep as well, and things just aren’t right somehow. This goes on for a while until it dawns on me what is wrong. And what is wrong is that I need to paint!

And so, without reasons like a show deadline, or a commission, or a gallery asking for more work, I shall go out to the studio, clear off a place, get out the paints and brushes and rollers and rags, and make a new start.

Tools of the Trade 3Tools of the Trade

Here’s to new beginnings.


30 Comments leave one →
  1. May 28, 2014 5:35 pm

    I completely agree with this. Whether I’m painting or marbling or doing any other art activity, it puts me in my right brain and relaxes me. When I put on my apron, that means I’m going into the zone and “mean business” with the art. LOL!

    • May 29, 2014 1:31 pm

      Sue, you’re so right. I forget this from time to time and have to jerk myself back onto the right track. It truly keeps me sane.

  2. Tina permalink
    May 28, 2014 8:01 pm

    Hallelujah! I’m not alone! I’m glad you wrote about this, I get cranky and generally out-of-sorts when I don’t get my time to create. It took me years to recognize that this was not just something that I could ignore if I wanted to keep my inner peace. What a relief to know that another artist feels the same way. Thanks for sharing.

  3. May 29, 2014 5:47 am

    Reblogged this on Annjrippin's Blog and commented:
    I thought you might like to see this blog about the compulsion to make and how your whole world goes out of kilter if you can’t.

  4. May 29, 2014 6:54 am

    I love painting with the sole purpose of painting. Enjoy the process.

  5. Lisa Plemmons Harrison Caddel permalink
    May 29, 2014 11:59 am

    Amen, sister!

  6. May 29, 2014 1:31 pm

    I love the texture in your works! I so wish that you still made cards. *HUGS*

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