Friday, May 4, 2012

Lose the fear

My journal page
Inspiration photo


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



45 comments:

  1. I love your poppy piece. I too am afraid to write or even doodle on my art. You can see in my hop post the paper is glued down and no black lines defining the page. It can't be erased and the fear of messing it up, well yikes. I will finish the pieces eventually and I'm sure I will complete more after the first leap. Cheers for loosing the fear on your poppies!!

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    1. Thank you Chrissy! I have to go back and pay attention to that. The last post I saw had your radish sketches. Are you talking about your girl block? Yes, I agree, yikes is what I think whenever I am about to write on a piece. If you pay attention, you will see that the writing is shaky. I was literally shaking when I wrote it :-).

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  2. Love your poppies and your message. Love the little birds that youve done and added as your header-:)

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  3. You go girl! I've never kept an art journal before, and its scary to get those words out. I still haven't. lol. Way to put yourself out there and be Brave!

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    1. Thank you Jenna! My hands were shaking when I wrote the words :-).

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  4. Thank you Ariel! I love birds and Ralph Waldon Emerson. Thank you for taking the time to come here :-).

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  5. WOW...did I say wow? Beautiful!!

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  6. Oh my! That is gorgeous!Totally beautiful :) Love your canvas too.

    Claire Smillie

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    1. Thank you Claire! On my way to your blog next :-)

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  7. Paty, thank you so much for sharing this with us. And I love what you wrote- so true! Love your birdies on the branch too.

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    1. Thank you Carin! Sweet of you to come by...

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  8. Beautiful poppies and I am with you on journaling on my pages. Lots if times I am not sure I can find the right words to express my page so I leave it blank. I really would love to get better at my journaling. Not easy for me!

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    1. I agree! It is so hard to know what to say. I don't know how it is so easy for some people.

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  9. Your art is FANTASTIC!!! Love the poppies and the quote! It really speaks to me as I am way too hard on myself. And your little birds on a branch are so, so sweet! What talent you have!

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    1. Thank you Stephanie! I love birdies. Just love them!

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  10. LOVE your birds and nest!!!!! AND your poppies are so much fun! Thank you so much for sharing... this blog hop has been so inspiring to someone just starting out in the workshop!!!

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    1. Thank you Debi! I am on my way to blog hop myself. Had family from out of town so I am just now starting. Can't wait to see everyone else's art. Enjoy the workshop. I look forward to seeing your art!

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  11. Looks great!! Love your inspiration photo and how you transformed it!

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    1. Thank you Donna! Thank you for stopping by!

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  12. your love of birds and their magical colors comes through in everything you do - love that you are passionate about these tiny creatures!

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    1. Thank you Kelly! Yes, I just love these little creatures. I am glad you came by my blog. Thank you for your kind words!

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  13. Paty you have been such an inspiration from day one. I love seeing your posts. your little birds just make me happy, and I love the way they talk to me. you have been a blessing in my life!!!!

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    1. Torri, thank you so much! I am glad my birds make you happy. They make me happy too :-). You are such a wonderful person and I love your posts as well! Thank you for stopping by and saying those kind words! I haven't quite made it to your blog yet :-) but I promise I will. You and everyone in this group have been a blessing in my life as well. I am honored to have met you!

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  14. love your interpretation of the photo!

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  15. Your bluebirds are "perfect". It's a talent that artist have... creating perfect creations but not being messy. I do hope I can take this class. I love your birds and poppies. Thank you for sharing. ♥

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    1. You should take this class. You would love it!! I am glad you like my bluebirds :-).

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  16. Absolutely love this hop, glad I was able to hop on over here to see your beautiful work! I heart the bird canvas!

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  17. Paty, I love your art! You are so talented! The birds across your banner are magnificent!

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  18. WOW. Your work is beautiful. I especially like the poppies. Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing your gift with us.

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  19. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog! Gorgeous poppies! But I absolutely love your birds, they are adorable!

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    1. Thank you! Your work is amazing. That you like mine is a huge compliment!

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  20. Paty, I am often the same way!! ~ Creating a piece and then, hesitating to add words to it b/c I might "mess it up"!! :) I am really trying to let go of that, too. And, sometimes I come to the realization that the art speaks for itself and does not need any words...but, it's always a little game I seem to play with myself and my art. LOL I love the poppies and the message...just perfect! And, I especially love those sweet birdies on the branch..beautiful work!! So happy to be hanging out with you in this class and am loving getting to know you!

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    1. Thank you Ann-Margaret! I am loving getting to know you as well! I don't believe I have gotten to your blog yet. I am taking a day for each one. It might take me a while but I'll get there!

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  21. Paty! I love your watercolor birds -- all of them! It's been so nice getting to know you, watching your art work appear. Like you, I'm a perfectionist, and struggle with getting started and putting words on the pieces. We'll get over the fear together!

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    1. Thank you Janet! It has been so nice getting to know you as well. Yes! We will get over it together :-).
      I made a quick piece last night and left it overnight to dry. It is just a few purple coneflowers. I think they might pop more if I add black lines and they might be more interesting if I add words but....I don't know....I have been staring at it all morning wondering if I should just leave it alone :-).

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