Just like everyone else in the world, our family has experienced a lot of changes this year. Many of those changes haven't been at all bad to be honest, some of them have actually been good! And then again, some have been hard. I recently decided that I am going to home school my son this year. I never saw myself as a homeschooling mom, mostly because I don't feel like the most organized or scheduled person in the world. I think the structure and schedule of school is so important, and I know I am going to have to work really hard with that dynamic!
Being an artist, I am always full of ideas... sometimes too many. Actually most of the time way too many! This is where my two downfalls come together, too many art ideas, and less time to do art because of my sons home school schedule... and this is where if I choose to, I can see the silver lining in all this!
Getting into a strict schedule due to home school doesn't allow me so much time with my art to try new things or experiment with ideas. If I want to do great things, I will need to FOCUS... and that's exactly what I need to do!
I am not sure how this will all work out, and I'm sure many of you are asking the same questions. But I always believe that in the midst of our challenges we can find the silver lining. We can find the answers we are looking for when our minds are challenged to come out of "life as it's always been". I'm choosing to think great things will come from this new season, for me and for my art!
The stories behind these two paintings inspire us to look for the beauty among the ashes, click below to read more and be inspired!
This beautiful Pink Peony was created on an 8" x 8" wood cradled board with acrylic paints. I have been playing around with the idea of beauty coming out of the rough places, so I used a texture medium on the base of the wood. A pale pink peony emerged from the rough place, giving a sign of hope and perseverance! I finished this piece with a gloss varnish which really enhances the color and texture, bringing this painting to life!
This painting comes in a black wooden 10" x 10" float frame.
As I was creating this painting I was thinking about beauty. I have always believed there is beauty in everyone and everything, it just needs to be drawn out. True beauty is something that happens at a heart level, it's not surface. As I was creating this piece I was dissecting my own subconscious thoughts. It's easy for me to see beauty in others or to find beauty from a difficult circumstance. However, sometimes when it comes to me, I feel beauty= image or perfection. Yuk! That is so not true, but somehow I think our culture can deceive us in believing that. So, as I see beauty in everyone else, I am going to choose to see it in myself. Will you accept the challenge with me?
This "beauty" was created on an 8" x 8" wood cradled board with acrylic paints. It is framed in a 10" x 10" black float frame. It has a texture medium underneath and is varnished with a lovely gloss that makes a true statement of, well, imperfect beauty!