For some reason I had an itch to paint today. I wanted to create a large sofa-type painting to accompany the new furniture we purchased during the past few months. I’d never painted anything “abstract” but I had this vision of a city along the seashore. So here it is. I tried to make the colors as true to the real painting with my camera, but I never quite get there. This is a close facsimile, though.
I have never taken an art class. I do have a friend who is a wonderful artist and when she moves back home from Florida this spring/summer, I’m hoping she will enlighten my efforts. In the meantime, I’ll let the spirit move me when it desires and be happy with the outcome. My paintings will never hang in a museum, but perhaps when I know a little more about what I’m doing, we might try a gallery.
Unlike writing, which I enjoy too, painting gives me more freedom because I’m ignorant about technique. When I write, I am conscious of grammar, plot lines, character development, and all the other elements that go into creating a good story. The sheer knowledge of knowing what to do can take the fun out of writing and it eventually becomes my work. I’m proud to tell people about my writing because I love what I’ve created in my books, but I paint for the sheer joy of creating and don’t critique myself; I simply enjoy the activity.
So the next time when the “spirit” moves you, go with it. Enjoy. Feel the love of what you’re doing, then drop me a line to tell me about your tickle of inspiration. With almost twelve hundred people following this blog now, I hope a few of you will share. . . it the most fun of blogging. Don’t you agree?