When I found out Cathy Nichols' theme for this month's Found Art Friday was "Change", I went blank. What could I paint that would represent change? The only thing I could think of was the changing seasons. Hmm... I could've painted four different trees, one for each season. No. I procrastinated, so then I didn't have enough time. I couldn't think of anything else to represent change, so I finally decided to just start and see where it would lead me.
I have been wanting to do a striped background, so I started there on a 6"x6" canvas. I asked a friend for ideas. She mentioned my "thing" for leaves, and that I could do something about turning over a new leaf. Wow. Genius. That's what I would paint over the background, a turning leaf. Then my mind slowly started to swim with ideas...change of scenery, direction, heart, pace, mind, etc... Hmm, where were all these ideas last week? Somewhere in there I saw a street sign in my mind with a U-turn symbol on it. I decided to go with that, but later changed it from U-turn, to this symbol.
Not turning back... just changing direction.
A lot of people I know are going through major changes, some intentional, some not. Some for the better, and some, well...not so much. This blog has changed things for me quite a bit. As my husband said "This blog has created a monster". When I asked him to explain he said "Well, an art monster"! Ha ha. How true. Since starting this blog I've finished more pieces in these past 5-6 months, than I have in the last several years! It's given me a much needed kick start.
I'm not sure if I started this blog because I was ready for this and already on my way, or this blog is what started all this overflow of creativity. The chicken or the egg. Either way, I don't care, I'm just so thankful that this is where I am now. I can't imagine it being any different. The challenges I'm taking part in, the other artists I've met, the amazing artwork that's out there inspiring me, it all adds up to me wanting to paint and create non-stop. What a wonderful and very welcome change.