Friday, March 09, 2007

A Mess of Cards (what I've done so far)

I've been hanging my little cards from a piece of yarn across a wall in my bedroom. It's so fun to see them all together that I decided I wanted to see them all together on my blog (except for my fish one- it wasn't painted like the rest of these). It's such a feeling of accomplish-ment! To think that I haven't painted since college (7 years) like this because I felt like I wasn't good enough and it was scary and all it took was Emily's challenge to get me going again. It's not that I didn't try. I would sit down in front of my art supplies and just freeze. I didn't know where to begin and was scared that it would not be good just because I knew it wouldn't be as good as my husband could do. (He's an animator for Sony and a gifted illustrator). He would try hard to get me to do it again as well. I just couldn't get past my mental block. This challenge is small and with the themes it really helps me do it. Also there's no pressure if I don't get it done like I would have in my painting and figure drawing classes. It's wonderful and I feel glad to be back.

Since this challenge began sometimes I have felt the flood gates of creativity come rushing in that I haven't had axcess to for years. I've been writing down all my ideas so I don't forget them. I'm so happy to be painting again and to feel success with it and most of all... I love looking at them in my room and feeling proud of them and seeing that they are beautiful instead of cringing and thinking they aren't as good as someone else might do. They are beautiful because they are what is inside me and I can finally release what's inside me again in this way.

5 comments:

Kristen said...

okay so the next thing you have to teach me to do (besides apply eyeshadow) is show me how to imbed a link in my blog. Because I would rather you teach me than figure it out for myself. ;) haha.

valerie said...

you really are the most beautiful of painters i am so glad you have had the courage to start again my life is so much richer from looking at your cards as I have already said you have given me the courage to try pianting so keep going

Val

Seth Hippen said...

I'm so glad you're painting again! You really are shining with this stuff. I like looking at your cards in the room, too. You can see a general color pallet when you put them all together like this. You have more reds and blues, and I tend to have a lot of browns and oranges. Great stuff, lady!

happydays525 said...

This post is oozing with creativity, excitement and such great hope! I know what you mean about the flood gates opening! Emily really has opened something in all of us with these seemingly little card challenges! All of your paintings are beautiful and SO special!

Emily Falconbridge said...

you are so awesome. it was a thrill to get to see these little gems in real life last week - you are so talented and i get so excited to see what you create each week!