Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Camellia's for mum

Camellia's - oil on canvas - 30 x 30" - $900
"On-wards!"  
That is an expression my mother used all the time!  She would say it after a cup of coffee & the newspaper, while hoisting herself from her chair, she would say it when she jumped out of bed in the mornings; she summoned it loudly and joyfully!  I came to know that it meant she intended to go forward in some way to tackle a project or the day or the next few minutes with renewed vigor.
This painting was languishing in my studio for the past few weeks needing some sort of resolution.  I was all out of ideas for where to go next with it.  I kept procrastinating for two reasons, one was a good one, it needed to dry before I worked into it again, but that only let me off the hook for a week or so...the other reason was I really didn't know what to do next! 
That's when I realized that I was totally missing the point.  Painting is not always about knowing what to do next.  It's about allowing the play to begin, and trusting it's enough,  finding my way for a few more hours or minutes or whatever my heart thinks is right for now.    I squeezed out my paint.  "Onwards!"  I could hear those words plainly in my mind's ear.  It will be my mother's birthday tomorrow, she always liked the fact that she and the Queen were born on the same day (2 years apart).  My mother would have been 92!
 

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    1. Thanks Laurie, appreciate your thoughts.

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  2. Hi Sally,
    I love this post, and I know I would have loved your mother. You are definitely her daughter -- a creative soul, and a super positive person. Onwards! Love it. Beautiful painting. I've been having the same chats with myself. It feels so wonderful to hear this stories from fellow artists.

    XOXOXOXOXOXOXO

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    1. i'm glad you enjoyed my prose Barbara, I thought maybe other artists might relate. It's comforting to know we all go through this.

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  3. Such a lovely painting. Your mom sounds like she was an amazing person.

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    1. hi Lynn, thanks so much for your nice comment. My mum was amazing, i miss her everyday.

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  5. This painting is breathtaking! Beautiful! Did you paint from reference from Victoria? Reminds me of my morning walks to work.

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    1. i'm glad you like it Holly! it was inspired by the morning walks to work with you in the spring, all those wonderful Camellia's in bloom. i have a feeling that when I move to Vic, I could paint only flowers !! They are so inspiring, I never take flowers for granted. I know you dont either. xoxo

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