This is my first painting of the year! I like seeing how my drawing practice (see below) is influencing my painting.
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“I am safe” 10″ x 10″
There is a belief I have: even when I feel safe, it is temporary, and I am not actually safe. Maybe that doesn’t really matter, because I also believe that where I am is where I am supposed to be. What I am feeling now is what I am meant to feel. So maybe safety is irrelevant. Sometimes I yearn to feel safe, and sometimes I don’t. What does safety mean to you?
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I’m such a follow the rules kind of person. As soon as a teacher or coach says something, I stick to it, follow the words like they are the only truth. Then I am reminded that there is no single right way of doing things. This idea that there is a “right” and a “wrong” is so engrained in me, that it makes it tough to break free from this way of thinking. Here’s what I want:
I want to be authentic, paint what really needs to be painted.
I want to have fun painting.
I want to admire my own work.
I want to try new things, but not shut out the old.
I want to paint rainbow stripes sometimes, even if I think it’s a way for me to feel safe. Or maybe because it’s a way for me to feel safe.
I want to paint things other than rainbow stripes.
I want to take risks.
And now, I will go back and reread these statements without the “want to”. Because it’s really happening.
I have fun painting.
I admire my own work.
I try new things, but don’t shut out the old.
I paint rainbow stripes sometimes, even if I think it’s a way for me to feel safe. Or maybe because it’s a way for me to feel safe.
I paint things other than rainbow stripes.
I take risks.
But I’m not ready to show any risky paintings yet.