Into the Garden
acrylic on canvas
This past week I have continued my exploration of intuitive abstract painting. I decided to go big. This was the largest canvas I had ever done. It totally intimidated me. I got stuck about halfway through and was thoroughly frustrated. So I put it away and just before I was getting ready to clean up my paint (way too much left over) my eye caught on my art journal. I decided to use up the paint.
And I learned something very important for me….I need to remember to work in my journal. It’s a place where I can get out of my own way and just experiment with colors, and composition, and texture. I pulled out a copy of an old photo and just started gluing and painting and about an hour later I ended up happy, relaxed, and with this journal spread. I did it with no expectations of the outcome. There was the lesson.
Art Journal Page
The next day when I came back to my painting, Into the Garden, I tried to bring some of that feeling back and I think it worked. I’m happy with the results and the painting is now hanging just where I wanted it and it makes me smile every time I look at it.
Lesson learned. (For now at least!)