This is one of my favorite paintings, not because of its visual appearance but because of the joyful process of creating it. Having what I considered to be a lot of stress in my life at the time, I wanted to represent something that would exemplify how I felt. And, of course, the process did help to alleviate most of the stress altogether!
The beginnings of this painting were interesting, but, at one point, I had a sort of “blah” painting that needed some spicing up. Here is a photo that shows the painting in one of its early stages. It was, at this point, coming together, but still needed some work on the right-hand side. So I continued to add color and emphasis, using a small circular stencil to add the small dots you see within the circular shapes.
Coming Undone, Displayed
When completed, the edges were finished and the painting was hung on my wall. Some photos were taken to show specific areas and the overall effect when hung.
Coming Undone, Closeup 1
Coming Undone, Closeup 2
Coming Undone, Edge
Though this may not be my best work, it certainly has meaning to me. It has the impression of being wound up (stressed), much like bobbins on a sewing machine, and then being let loose – becoming less stressed. Thus, Coming Undone!
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Seeds of Joy
Since I was feeling a bit blue and stressed, I decided to paint a joyful abstract. I felt it might cheer me up a bit – and cheer me up, it did!
Seeds of Joy, First Wash
A quite colorful first wash was put onto the canvas using a large palette knife. I used bright yellows and reds, which always evoke a feeling of happiness within me.
Seeds of Joy, In Progress
Next, I began adding some ultramarine blue and used the bottom of a foam egg carton dipped in paint as a stamp. To make it more interesting, I also dipped the egg carton in red paint and added a few more stamps. This added some texture and the egg carton created the circular marks you see. I also used a small round stencil in various areas that may be difficult to see on the large photograph. A closeup photo is included to show these marks, as well as some of the circular marks made by the egg carton.
Seeds of Joy, closeup showing yellow stenciling
At this point, I assessed the painting and decided it appeared to look as though flowers or grasses were bursting, ready to spread their seeds. Seeds of Joy as a title came to mind, so I let this theme take over. I continued, deciding to add some white to depict the bursting of the seeds as they were being spread into the wind.
At this point, I took a photograph and viewed it on my computer to see if it was finished. I decided that it was. All in all, the process of painting and the resulting joyful abstract changed my emotions from “down in the dumps” to “Seeds of Joy.” I hope it brings some “Seeds of Joy” to you, as well.
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