I quickly grabbed a 6x8 canvas board and squirted 2-3 colors straight onto the canvas and smeared them around with a brush. Then I grabbed a foam stamp of a vine, mushed it into some paint and stamped it several times. I added a few more colors to the canvas and blended them around with a rag, then stamped the vine several more times. I felt like it needed some more depth, so I tore old book pages into "flowers" and glued them down. I kept adding layers of paper and paint until I was happy with it. It still needed a little something, so I grabbed a pencil and defined the flowers, stems, and leaves so they would stand out a bit more.
Besides, my play time was over and I promised myself I would finish a piece that day. I did! Yay. And I have a pretty cool piece to show for it. If I wasn't in such a hurry to finish before my time was up, I don't think the collage would've been as loose and free, which is what I love about it. I started it with no plan other than to create something and, good or bad, call it done at the end of the day. I let go, and let it create itself.
"The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through." -Jackson Pollock
That's something I need to learn to do more often in my life, as well as in my art. Let go and let things flow. And I don't think I'm alone in this. I think it's something we all struggle with in our lives. Sometimes we're so busy paddling our hearts out, just trying to stay afloat, that we forget that if we can just let go....we will float.