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!