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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Painting Freely











Hi there!

I'm so excited!  I got to paint some more after my last post!!  Yahoo!!
I soooo needed to get back into my studio and get paint on my hands.  I was on the computer for a while that day and kept coming across artists whose work was deliciously sloppy and free.  I was so inspired (and a bit jealous).  I wanted to do that too. 

in progress












 Finally I went into my studio and grabbed a canvas that I had painted black for another project years ago.  I grabbed 3 paints, squeezed one onto the canvas and used my hands to smear it around, then did the same with the other 2 colors.  Then I grabbed white paint and used it to draw a branch with my fingers.  
Yes, I finger painted!!


 That was the only way for me to completely connect with, and release, everything that had built up in me from not painting... I had to really go for it, let go of perfectionism, and let loose!
















I had to be free!

































And boy was it exactly what I needed.  I had a blast!  I smeared, smooshed, splashed and literally threw paint around.   

 I used the end of a paint brush to draw into the wet paint (that was the only time I used a brush on this!) When it dried I used vine charcoal to loosely draw the branch and write "be free" then sprayed it with a sealer.

Ahh... much better now.

So what about you?  What do you really want to be doing right now?  Then why are you on the computer?  Turn it off and go get your hands dirty!!  Paint, write, whatever... just let loose, have fun, and be free!!

19 comments:

Brigitte aka Scrappassie said...

See, told you, you needed to get those hands dirty LOL And I love your painting. This way of painting is so much fun. Me? Need to do some shopping for my mom, but I painted yesterday evening, and plan to finish the painting this afternoon. I always feel better when I get some studio-time ;-) Have a wonderful day!

Mandy said...

Gorgeous as always...I am on my phone actually with my sick guy beside me...tho did paint this week so I am feeling ok...tho your freestyle does look fun...what would I like to be doing now?...feeling so much less worried that jacobs airways may close.mmmm..yep...then finger painting would be a definite second...take care...xxx

NatashaMay said...

Feels good, right?! It's always a joy. :)

Two Dog Pond said...

Love it, Esther! Fingerpainting sounds like great fun, but I would be stuck with a handprint that was then made into a turkey... You, on the other hand - talent and beauty just flow right out of your fingers and onto the canvas.

Diane said...

I want to be in my art room and paint too--I'm getting ready to leave tomorrow for an art show actually. After next week, I'll have more time to do what you did (I'm jealous)--play!!

Sherri B. said...

I have never forgot how good it felt to fingerpaint as a child..love how yours turned out! - I want to be creating too so I have finally started digging out my studio...no more using it as a storage unit!!!

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

It feels good to be free doesn't it? Some days I feel like I really need to break out of the shell I'm usually in when it comes to my art, it's just getting enough energy to do it! Soon... soon.
Hugs and blessings
Kelly

Andrea said...

That turned out beautifully! I was just outside digging potatoes, so I really just want to be on the computer right now...LOL.

Carin said...

Gorg-eous!!! Love it Esther and am so glad you found that painting session so freeing!

Lesley said...

Such an inspiring post!!!! See what can be done when you let go!!!! Right - I'm off to make that coffee and walnut cake I promised my grandson!!

Juliette Crane said...

loved reading this and seeing your painting! your blog is beautiful! very inspired to get outside and paint now :)

best wishes,
juliette

Kristin said...

Ooh!! It's fabulous! I love the teal in it and the messy, free strokes - absolutely wonderful (natch ;) Love that door too ;) xoxoxo

Theresa said...

O what fun throwing paint around!
Why am I on the computer when I could be doing this???
:)

Linda R. said...

That looks like so much fun.. Know I want to get my hands dirty..
Your piece here turned out fabulous..

Kim Henkel said...

Isn't it great to just dive in and create! Lovely work, and I am sure a lovely feeling as well! I am looking forward to some more time to create, but I am not at home at the moment, so I am enjoying seeing what others have created!

Kim

Jo-Ann Dziubek-MacDonald said...

Yay! I want to paint like this too!!! Your painting is so fresh and freeing, you have inspired me. I am trying that this week. Have a great day and happy painting :-)

Lorraine said...

this is the way I paint to connect with it and sort of switch off and let the painting just evolve. Love the Be Free painting as well as the ones with the trees..thanks so much for you kind comment on my latest painting

Kristin said...

LOVE THIS <--sums it up :-D

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

Love it!