If you don’t have this awesome book, you really do need to get a copy. It’s great for the beginning (or even the haven’t yet began) artist as well as the long-time, seasoned pro. Kelly talks to you in a way that just reaches down into your depths and grabs you…making you so much more willing and wanting to find and explore your passion(s) and take the risk of becoming more of your true self.
Trust me…it is fantastic and I am honored to have received it. (Thank you again, dear RAK angel!)
Well, after beginning Kelly’s book and being inspired from the get go, I have spent the entire weekend’s waking hours (cause y’all know I have to nap quite a bit these days) creating some wonderful, beautiful art that just came to me in a moment of creative epiphany the other day.
I finished the street number sign for the house but since it’s dark, I can’t take a photo of it until morning. But it turned out much differently than my original vision…that’s how art is sometimes and I rather like that, too. I like that although I am the one creating, even I don’t know how each piece will turn out until it’s done.
I also have painted two pieces that “go together” but that are very different from anything else I’ve ever done. Surprisingly, I already love them! I don’t feel like they’re done yet but very close…and I will share them when I feel they’re complete. Tomorrow, I’m sure.
I was really inspired by talk here and there on various “friends” blogs about decorating with your own art. I realized that my studio was the only place that I had any of my own art displayed. What’s up with that?? If I don’t like my art well enough to decorate with it, how could I ever expect anyone else to want to display my art?
Whether it’s my original artwork or photos by me (like the Sunflowers at left) or by my daughter (the true photographer in the family with vision that is unbelievable!), I want to showcase those beautiful things.
The more I’ve thought about it, the more I’ve realized that our entire house is decorated much, MUCH more calm and tame than what I really enjoy and love. Too many neutral colors (very NOT me!), bland artwork (also NOT me)…let’s face it, it’s just BORING! Very, very boring…and I am not a boring woman and I surely don’t have boring taste, yet it doesn’t show in my home.
I’ve decided that I am now on an adventure to change all that…one piece at a time and one color at a time. It’s my plan to infuse the entire house (slowly, trust me…I know my illness limits me quite a bit) with the warm colors I adore…reds, oranges, golden hues, earthy greens and browns.
I also want to add some FUNK into our house. Paint fun and funky things directly on the walls, paint decorative swirls (I love swirls) on our bland white kitchen cabinets, add touches of ME everywhere…artwork, decorations, some of my silly, zany ideas here, there and everywhere.
It’s as though I realized that our home is a HUGE canvas that I have completely overlooked…or maybe I’ve just been too afraid to touch the blank canvas for fear that I will mess it up…whatever the reason, I’ve realized it and I’m not only willing to face it but to roll up my sleeves and begin doing something about it, piece by piece, room by room.
I hope you’ll come along with me on this journey of change (on a slow but grand scale) I’m embarking on…the dining room is the first room that will get some great color and fun and funky artwork.
Let the fun begin! WOOT! I am so excited!
Back tomorrow with photos of my first dousing of color and art to our home.
Peace & Love,