|My journal page|
I am a perfectionist, always have been. But if there is anything I have learned in the last few weeks while taking The Art of Wild Abandonment workshop (more about this here) is that trying to be one, while making art, will not get me anywhere. To make art, REAL art that speaks to me and other people, I must try new things, step outside my box and not be afraid to mess up.
I signed up for this workshop because I needed something that would push me. I never before kept an art journal and even while taking this class, instead of writing freely on my art journal, I would paint on it, then stop and only days later, sometimes, I would add words. The fear is paralyzing. So, when I was invited to participate on this bloghop, I decided that for this post, I would push myself, create a page in my journal, and write on my piece regardless of how afraid I was to do it. My inspiration was a picture of poppies I had taken with my iPhone while on one of my walks (above). After I finished painting my page, I added words that reflect my fear of 'tainting' my art with my writing. I have to admit, it was fun and it came out well enough that I want to try this again. It might not be my most wonderful, but it is at least a step in the right direction. I hope you like the final page and get inspired, maybe even take the workshop yourself if you have not already done so. Enjoy browsing! Oh, and don't forget, continue on this bloghop by visiting Julia Monroe's blog. Happy blog hopping!
|Birds and nest with acrylics on canvas - Another project I made while taking this workshop|