Normally, when I paint, I try to create a picture based on something which I’ve seen which is beautiful. Today I tried to do someting a bit different. Instead of painting using my eyes to guide me (metaphorically)I tried to paint something from my heart (metaphorically). Explaining that more clearly I tried to paint a feeling rather than something I could see. I find this sort of thing really difficult. A lot of the time I’m not sure what I’m feeling. However, being a mum and raising a wonderful son, I know the feeling of being with him and all being well for both of us. For me I call this feeling ‘Home’ because it means love and safety and belonging.
Now my son is a fabulous teenager right now so in the image I made him smaller to make it clear what the relationship is between the two figures (he’s actually bigger than me now!!!).
I began with a sketch of the kind of image I wanted in biro. I wasn’t concentrating too much (I was watching the ‘Big Bang Theory’ – yay!) and this helped to kind of disengage my brain and let my feelings guide the image a bit.
Then I had a play around with the colours and the paint to get a feeling of how I wanted to do it. Because there was no pressure with this painting sketch I was really able to relax while I was painting it. It was kind of fun!
Then I began the actual painting:
And here’s how it turned out:
I think it’s OK, but part of me likes the loose and easy lines of the painting sketch where I was testing the colours more. I’ve always admired that loose painterly style which some folk have developed but I find it almost impossible to do when it counts.
I think buying some more paint might help. One of the things that really forces me to be constrained is when I can’t afford to waste any paint because I’m running low. I don’t think art works well when it’s done in a timid and conservative way; it has to have a ‘generosity of spirit’.