Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I Need a Break from Spiders!

"Creative Memories I Now Reflect On"
Digital Photograph

"Window Sill Arrangement"

When I'm stumped with what to paint, I'll look at some of my older creations and see if they will jump-start me. I did this window and flower image in Florida a while back, joining my fellow students in a joint project. Teacher painted this step-by-step, we followed step-by-step. Each person's work was different, yet of course there were similarities. I enjoyed this "group" way of painting and the collective energy made us all seem more connected! At this time in my life, I was also painting lots of alligators and lizards who resided around me. Painting this image was a welcome respite for me, yet as I look at it now I feel a sense of detachment. I admit that when I have completed a creative project, I usually feel a sense of letting go. But these more distant projects I have done. Did I really do this? Can I do something like this now at this stage of my life? Do I really need something to jump-start me or are the answers to me deep within?

The top image was a photograph I took recently while walking in my hometown, Frankfort. I liked the flowers against the brick wall and the shadows they cast. Sometimes I feel a sense of nostalgia for simpler times and lately my heart is going that way. I played with a photoshop filter to give the image a blurred effect, somewhat like blurry memories from one's past. I might paint the original photo and see how much my creative process has either changed or stayed the same. A future project.
One final note: In my mind, the top image has a more personal title, the bottom image a more realistic title. Maybe I am tapping into the deeper recesses of me and have changed over the years.


Soulsearcher said...

I took a painting class once during a time when I was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. The painting class became my emotional therapy, keeping me creative and in balance. It was one of those step-by-step copy the picture classes that you describe. My teacher was encouraging and my family actually liked my paintings, my children clamoring for ownership of them. I miss painting. I miss my piano and guitar. I don't take much time for creativity any more. Such a shame!

Lin said...

I really am amazed at what comes from inside, Bev. You are so talented in so many aspects. I wish I could paint, but I guess I'll just have to enjoy yours instead. How lovely your paintings are and it is incredible what you can do with photoshop.

Marjorie said...

I love your painting and the peach colors of the photo! We did a paint-along in Lenox's class a couple weeks ago. I only went that night.

Doris said...

Wonderful dreamy image. It would be very nice to see more of your watercolors, they're verythoughtful.

april said...

Love them, Bev. And yes, paint the first one!