If you have been wondering where I have been, well rest assured it has been in the studio! I have been consumed by this wonderful online e-course called, "Paint Your Story" taught by the talented Mindy Lacefield aka Tim's Sally.
This course has been about connecting with your
7 year old self, and just letting go.
As a child your art of symbols and scribbles doesn't have to
make sense and yet, you were able to create things
you (and probably others) enjoyed.
They were uniquely YOU.
Just letting go and doing what 'feels good' versus what
'seems right' can be scary.
I've been working on NOT painting like I am 7 for a while
and now I am embracing that pig-tailed girl.
As a child I was a perfectionist and so I joke and say I am connecting
with my "inner-inner child", the non-perfect
girl I sometimes really wanted to be.
You can imagine some pretty emotional stuff can rise to the surface
when digging deep.
I seem to be resonating with my "creepy people" as I loving call them.
They have scars that are visible, but slowly healing.
Sometimes just a word can set the mood for a great work of art.
Sometimes a word can take you far away or make you laugh.
A whole mess of words can give you a glimpse into the crevasses of the brain.
I used to think, "I need to take art classes if I am going to be any
good at this."
Now I am seeing that learning about My-Self, is far more
rewarding and artistically beneficial!
Remember, "Little Bunny Foo-Foo"
Well I had always remembered the "Good Fairy saying if he
didn't stop scooping up field mice and boppin' em' on the head
she would bop HIM.
Well, no matter the words, that still little song of my childhood
played a part in this.
Some have suggested (upon seeing this drawing) he was just loved a lot.
Or maybe he really is wearing the Scarlet Letter of mice boppin'!
Each day I create new Characters and unearth parts of my
7 year old self.
There is still a couple of weeks left and so please stay tuned to see
what my final creations will be.