Manawatu River Mouth
Acrylic on canvas
I'm just restarting work on this unusual aerial view of the Manawatu River spilling its brown floodwaters into the Tasman Sea. It is the last of a set of 4 paintings for my exhibition in Palmerston North, and I have spent most of the afternoon mixing up the paint in preparation. It will be critical to get the sea colours right, as accurate colour graduations will 'make' the picture... I will post progress images.
Title: Sofia. It was much more than her flirty way of turning away, after a furtive kiss that barely stroked my cheek. Sofia would become the nymph that will live forever in one of my favorite paintings.
The reason I started painting was because I was feeling called to do so. Let me explain. I really had NO CLUE why I was dreaming of dancing with large canvases, except that I wanted to be more tactile with the creative process.
While I loved the results of my photography work, I dreaded the hours of sitting and editing in front of a computer. Plus my lower back and right arm and wrist were in constant pain.
But there was one HUGE problem. I had NO IDEA where to begin, and every time I tried to get started, I got overwhelmed and talked myself out of it. This went on for years! And years. And years. Ugh.
I am here to tell you that if you are feeling inclined to do anything creative, please find a way of getting started. Baby steps. Take one action towards your inclinations each day.
What I have learned is that the creation process is so much more then the physical results. It is an opportunity to grow and expand and find great joy and peace. And to connect with others in profound and beautiful ways. It can crack you wide open and allow you to be comfortable in your own skin.
Anyone know what I am talking about? Or perhaps your working on getting there? Tell me!