As you can see, Greece is definitely, magical. I had the opportunity to spend a week there on a woman's retreat. I was able to paint each morning, which is a huge feet for me. I had an ocean view and the atmosphere guided my paintbrush and, not even once did I doubt myself . I was able to let it flow through me. After returning home, I found painting to be a chore. My focus the last few months was to not think and just do. This has been a challenge for me.
I am still moving forward with my art and have been more productive in the sketching/practice part of it all. I have not figured out why I do not like to sketch and am enthusiastic in discovering more about myself through the trials. I have look forward to what each and every opportunity has in store for me. I had a few setbacks from clients who, in the end, did not show up and found myself stuck and not creating. I was taking their rejection personally instead of knowing the work I do is adequate and not everyone will like what I am doing. I can accept this because I feel wonderful with what I have been creating. My ultimate goal is to continue to learn about myself and encourage you too.
I have included the works I painted on this amazing vacation and retreat. Each of the pieces came alive as each brushstroke was made. I am going to practice using my feelings as a guide rather than allow the nasty voices and self-doubt be my guide.
I would like to know how your work makes you feel and what limitations are you placing on your creativity?
Take these steps to discover your own inspirations:
1) Take a vacation. Where have always wanted to visit? Make some plans! This can even be a staycation. Do you have some pictures stashed away (my age is coming out!) or that you have forgotten on your phone from a time you went somewhere?
2) Collect items. Lose a button? Like a picture in a magazine? Save them. Keep a bin with "Artstuff." And when you are struggling with your creativity or what you will paint, rummage through the bin. (Ha! I need to listen to my own advice!)
3) Refurb an old Painting. Have a painting you would like to revamp? Take it out and see if there are some improvements you can make. (I included a painting I did for my 1st solo art show and its refurbed version!)