Fresh Energy: May Madness Day 10

I went to the surface (5 x 7″ canvas panel) with a dilemma on my mind last night, and some luminous Golden acrylic paint on my brush.

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I find art to be tremendously powerful from a therapeutic standpoint when I can begin with something less than great on my mind, add a color, swish, rinse, repeat…and transform those feelings into something I will be able to smile at in the morning.   You know?    For some, it may be baking a fresh loaf of bread, or cutting up fabric to sew into a quilt, or taking a walk with that camera, whatever it is.

When we create, we transform.    It’s a powerful thing. This may not be a finished painting, and it may not hang on a gallery wall, but it was my partner through that mind ramble. I’m finding many of my abstract paintings are like this, almost like visual journals, taking me right back to whatever I was thinking about, celebrating, learning, watching, doing at the time that work came to life.

I hope your Tuesday brings a fresh burst of transformative energy your way, like a fresh spring breeze at 72 degrees.   Peace.

82 thoughts on “Fresh Energy: May Madness Day 10

  1. You’re so right about memories being attached to what we create. I love looking through my old sketchbooks, and even the simplest line drawing can put me right back at the time and place where it was drawn — and bring back a rush of emotions, as well. With all the vibrant colors in this abstract, it will no doubt evoke emotions in anyone who sees it. It has a very powerful quality about it.

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    1. Thanks, Judith. It was a journey. Almost every abstract painting is, for me. We change the surface and the surface changes us right back. It’s nice now to actually have dated work from a year ago that I can look back and remember! I never had this before. How far do your sketchbooks date back? Wouldn’t it be cool to have artwork inspired by our babies? That would be the most wonderful thing ever, I think.

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  2. Oh loo! It is finished. Please don’t do another thing to it. I gasped when I saw it. Knew it was you and felt such powerful emotions. I think some of your best work seems to come out of these times. This COULD hang on a gallery wall, and I hope it provided the therapy needed to get through what you had on your mind! 😘

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    1. Thanks, ‘nista. I’m always so glad to hear you say that you knew something was mine. This felt so different to me from anything I’ve ever done, but the dilemma was also something that’s never come up, so maybe that makes sense. It really does help to bring a problem to the page and see what can be done there to fix it. Do you do this with your watercolors, or your photography? So powerful. Glad you enjoyed this!

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      1. I do. But it’s more usually in the words I choose to go with photos. I take them then I look at it and let it speak to me. Sometimes it comes right away and sometimes I have to look at it again and again. With the art it is harder for me but i still feel so amateur and less secure about it which is ok. It is a journey. Getting ready to head out on an excursion adventure. Happy day loo!

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  3. So well put Laura, feelings and emotions of a moment, stored in the colours and combinations of brush strokes…this piece truly shows it has captured those moments for you. I’m with jodi, it could easily be on a gallery wall. I gasped when I saw this ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Wow, thanks, Rebecca, and coming from someone who doesn’t really like abstracts, I’m taking that as a really nice compliment. What this scene needs is a leaping hare lol! Glad you enjoyed it and I’m glad you find your work can take you right back to a space in time as well.

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  4. Dear Laura, the layers of color and movement are just what I needed today. Free flowing paint can bring joy, resolution, new insights, a here and now moment, all needed to keep our balance. I’m enjoying all of your May Madness posts. Thank you for the balance today!

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    1. Patsy, you are the sweetest! Thank you! In this case, I do think the emotions led the way, and as you said, it worked out in the end. Def. had its ugly stages along the way, but I kept going with it. Didn’t wanna walk away until I was happy. Thank you.

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      1. Awww….thanks, Laura! You are, too! I think it’s important for us artists to stick together and support one another. I’ve met so many wonderful people on WordPress! I am glad you stuck it out and it turned out so beautifully. I have been reading a lot lately about the fact that as people who love to create, we always need to be creating things WE love and not just doing stuff other people may or may not love. Pleasing ourselves is first and best I think. 🙂

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  5. Another vote for thinking/feeling it’s complete. I love the fiery reeds blowing in the wind, and colors in the sky. Definitely some turbulence in the foreground, but there’s beauty, and serenity in the background. The wind is blowing toward the the background so all will be well. The green just makes me happy! 🙂

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  6. Love your mark making in this one. It adds texture and interest to this piece and directs my eyes. It reminds me of grasses in a field and a big harvest moon in the sky. Great colors too! You go girl!!! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Jill! I was thinking of you and I kept “pushing it” until it left most of its ugly stage behind. I never thought I’d get there, and was up too late, but yet……I stayed with it, remembering the painting you posted recently and the story you told. Love the lessons in your posts. Thanks for sharing them. ❤

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      1. Oh, you are so sweet, Laura! 💜 I’m glad I could help you in your painting. I think part of it is learning to trust our own instincts too. Which has taken some time for me. 💜🎨👍

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  7. I will also throw in my two cents…..very expressive Laura! I see it all over your painting. Isn’t it cool that we can impart so much of ourselves through our art? It is a spiritual thing, not just something that we do with our hands. 🙂

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  8. I do know and really adore the colors you used and the energy in this abstract piece you created, Laura. Your message is a special one – it speaks to many of us, myself included. Transforming energy from thought to art and back again. Rinse repeat!

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      1. Yes I think this would make a great series – I would look forward to that – as long as you continued with those lovely acrylics like your doodlewash oranges

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        1. Thanks so much! I am about to reveal a secret about those oranges this weekend – they were actually painted by my daughter in high school in oils. Her teacher had them doing 30-minute painting exercises each day, I think, and this was one of the results. I just love her painting and all of her artwork, and I hope the comments here will encourage her to paint again. That teacher was her instructor for her final year of high school and made a practice of demeaning most of the students’ work on a regular basis…..and she convinced her that she lacked talent. Very unfortunate that teachers like that still have jobs, but there it is. I am so glad the artists, including you, responded so enthusiastically to her painting. She saw the comments and I think it really helped. Thank you.

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    1. Thanks so much! That was a therapeutic painting that I actually liked at the end! I’d love to do a whole series of them in different color schemes (maybe take the time to actually think a color scheme through going in vs. this one that was really just me trying to make myself un-mad, lol)…

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            1. You know, I was just thinking that…..I’ll sit down with a few colors and see what happens…..and if it goes in a different direction, best to just let it! I did a small series of grid paintings that everyone said looks like windows a few weeks back, and I’d like to continue with those too. It’s been a fun way to get to know acrylic paint. I have a feeling I’ll always prefer abstract acrylics to anything I attempt realistically. Realistic for me works better in pencil or pen – so far, at least. Did you used to work realistically at the beginning?

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              1. I liked your ‘windows’ too and think that’s a fantabulous idea Laura. Yes, for years I would draw in pencil and pen & ink, mostly animals, and still life. I suck at figure drawing though! Abstract is a way for me to get out of being so anal. Life is all about details and working abstract let’s me forget about details and just be loose and have fun. It’s my escape!😉

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                1. Yes! I totally understand! I still try to draw every day – mostly animals, birds, I really do love faces – but abstract for me is just totally fun. I know there is so much to learn but as I try to learn and watch videos constantly, etc., I am really just having fun exploring a new medium. Totally fun!

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer, I’m finding tremendous freedom in acrylics. I never thought I would enjoy them but I really do, and as much as I still love wc, I think it was holding me back. It is a sassy mistress! One never knows about her mood. Really enjoying acrylics though and I’m glad you like this one. I’d like to do a series of them.

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    1. Thanks, Jeanette! This is one of the few that I am pretty happy with. haha, notice it’s not watercolor. She stomps on me too much, and I’ve not learned to dance w/her the right way yet. Glad you enjoyed this! Acrylics are fun. Like playing in a sandbox!

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