Time to Paint

Post by Carina Spring.

It’s been a lovely Mother’s Day weekend. Aside from lots of time with my family, and a delicious supper prepared by my husband and son, Saturday also included plenty of time for creative work.

This Saturday I decided to paint.  What a treat!  I would like to do that more often.

I love the beginnings of paintings, so full of potential.


There are points in the life of a painting, especially one that is largely developed from the imagination, when you have to decide whether to stop or continue. Is it finished?


With this painting, I decided to continue. Maybe I should have called it done at the stage illustrated in the second photo (above), because I really liked how it looked and kind of miss it now.

Somehow, though, it didn’t feel finished, so I continued. I suppose that is part of the learning.


The third picture above is where I stopped painting.   I am not satisfied with it yet, so I know it’s not finished.  It’s time to step back and get a bit of distance from it in order to understand what it needs next.

How I would love to paint every day! Knowing that I would be painting again the next day would help me approach each painting as an experiment- an evolving part of a larger process.

But painting is a very consuming activity, so it is challenging to do when one has a career.  It takes focus and energy that I also need to devote to other aspects of my life. It is even harder when one feels pulled toward various creative outlets: I long to write, and blog, and draw and paint.  I don’t want to – or perhaps just can’t –  choose between these forms of expression.

As I reflect on the past year, I am somewhat encouraged. I have completed several larger drawings, and quite a few small, fun paintings. Little by little, I am finding ways of making visual art a satisfying part of my life.

It takes so much patience, though!!

About the painting…

Images of birds often find their way into my art, and I am sure that is due to childhood experiences that imprinted themselves into the stories that weave through the tapestry of my life.

This painting was loosely inspired by a photograph from a book, as a starting point, but was mostly developed through my imagination.

Though I prefer oils, I worked in acrylics in order to avoid the fumes.


What a great weekend!  Today is Mother’s Day and is also my aunt’s birthday, so we invited my mom, aunt, and cousin over for lunch. My husband made quiches, and we all relaxed and enjoyed a few hours together.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Carina Spring

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4 thoughts on “Time to Paint”

  1. You are so talented Carina!!! I love this picture you painted and hearing about the birds you include. I wonder if you can choose both painting and writing. Because you are gifted in both and it would be a shame to lose one for the other. You know, I just read a blog post, can’t remember where, about a gifted designer, and how important is is to keep up multiple disciplines. I think he was a designer and an author and he built all the furniture in his house. (HA.)Don’t know if he had time to eat or sleep or play with his kids. That is the challenge I find. Doing all the creative things I’m inspired to do and not neglect my family in the process. It is a balancing act for sure and I have to remind myself to have moderation in all things. It’s easy for me to get carried away. Have a wonderful day, I loved your beautiful painting Carina, this made my day.

    1. Thank you so much for the encouraging words, Allie. 🙂 You make such a good point that there are real benefits to practicing more than one discipline. Not only do they probably enhance each other, but it gives creativity more outlets, helping prevent boredom, or feeling stuck or “blocked”. I agree that in the end it’s about finding balance – and it’s not easy to do – prioritizing so that one can find a way to actualize some of the inspirations while still spending quality time with our families (and, as you point out, eating and sleeping! Giggle!) I really appreciate your input! Take care!

  2. Great to hear you had a good Mother’s Day. The painting is beautiful. You have a wonderful talent. Good to hear you’re looking back and seeing what you’ve achieved, sometimes we don’t realise just how much we’ve done. Hope you find more time for your painting and your other creative passions.

    1. Thank for the feedback, Bekki – I really appreciate you taking the time to comment. You are so right, it is important to reflect on what we’ve managed to accomplish, sometimes we don’t realize that we are making progress. It was interesting yesterday, I took a moment to look at one of the drawings I did a few months ago, and I liked it a lot more after not seeing it for a while. So I guess that is yet another benefit of reflecting – one also gains more perspective on the actual work. Thanks again, and Take care!

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