I have just started to explore my artsy side again after many years off. I used to work in mixed media and tried oil painting but was not very good. I felt like I really wanted to touch a canvas again but to be honest, I was really terrified. I know that I demand perfection from myself and at times I get really frustrated. So there I was sitting at a crossroads... what to do? Let go of my expectation and just paint? That is what I did! Screw it and I just did it no matter what came out on canvas. I have the help of two amazing parents that are artists. They coached me along as I sent them text messages full of photos and questions. At first I wanted to burn my canvas and throw my paints away. I just could not let go of what I wanted everything to look like. It felt horrible.
I took a week or two to deal with the place I put myself into and then kicked myself in the butt and tried again. the next painting is the one you see in the header above. I stopped painting it before I began picking at it and for sure ruining it. Now I can sit back and relax while my art reveals itself.
Why horses? They are my life, my family, my coach and my breath. Each one came to life in his/her painting almost as if they painted themselves. Each one a bit different in style because of who they are. None of them finished or perfect because we and they are never finished or perfect. We all change, evolve and grow as the days pass.
My lesson to share with you is just let go of all you hold yourself to. Life is hard enough without picking ourselves apart.
My invitation to you... come explore the arts and allow the horses to inspire and guide you into a space that has no time, no expectation, no pressure and no rules.
I have included some of my other work for you to enjoy.