Hi all! How's life? I'm a little giddy right now because I just finished another piece of art. This time, it was a LARGE (for me) piece of abstract art. The client (a dear friend) had a very specific color palette and she wanted it to feel very organic - no strong linear elements or sign of anything recognizable. Eeek!
You guys know my work...it's detailed, mostly realistic and nothing even close to abstract. I hesitated when she asked me to do this project but agreed thinking it might be a fun challenge. She insisted that there was no rush. No deadline. That helped my nerves...somewhat.
Within the next couple of weeks, I ordered a large easel and gathered some supplies. Before you knew it, I had taken over our living room, setting up in the bay window to take advantage of the light.
Sitting face to face with this large canvas I felt serious doubt. I didn't know what the heck I was doing!? Pushing past the fear, I proceeded to get my paints on the palette.
Almost mechanically, I began applying color slowly with control and then, as my logical mind excused itself from the room, my whole body relaxed. An art trance. Peaceful and serene, I trusted my hand.
My hubby sneaked into the room and snapped this pic of me with his phone. I hardly noticed him. :)
This was just one of the stages this painting went thru. It actually looks nothing like this now. I will share a pic of the finished piece next week after it is installed above my friend's mantle. She loves the finished piece and has already commissioned me to do another one! I couldn't be more thrilled and humbled. Looks like I found a sweet patron for my passion. My fingers itch to begin the next project!
My lessons from all this -
1. Don't be afraid to try something new.
2. Don't let fear prevent you from growing.
3. Go outside the box and revel in the freedom.
****and most importantly****
4. Trust your gifts.
Try something new soon and feel the thrill of stretching beyond your own limits.