Friday, February 8, 2013

Permission to Play

Every day lately I get up and say, "Today instead of painting I need to do this, this, and this."  Without fail, however, I find myself drawn to my studio which has become a magical, joyful, paint splattered place of healing since my journey toward intuitive painting began.  I have no idea what I will end up with when I finally call one of these canvases "finished," but I am enjoying this process immensely.  Thank you, Flora Bowley for inspiring me and giving me permission to play this week!

For several days I have tried to shoot some images of what I've been up to.  I really needed natural light in order to capture just a bit of the depth of these layers and this has been a very overcast week.  Finally this afternoon the sun peeked out rather timidly from behind the clouds.  I grabbed the camera and found that this old structure behind our home makes a very fun gallery wall!

Remember the two paintings from my last post?  You probably won't recognize them now...


One of Degas' bathers turned up in this one.  Do you see it?


Think I went a little overboard?  No worries...I can always simplify a bit with a little more paint :-)


What an adventure.  At some point in the process we will start to develop our personal imagery in these layers of colors and marks.  I am fascinated to learn how Flora will lead us through this process and I'm excited (and a little nervous) to see how my paintings will evolve.  Oh!  I just found a dancer and a raven's head in this one...


I love the way the reflection in this window makes it look like a black and white painting in the middle of all that riotous color!


These paintings look so happy against the weathered wood.  I sort-of wish I could leave them there for a while!  Hmmm...if I run out of canvases I guess I could prime these walls and have at it!  Can you imagine this whole building covered with swirls, lines, and, eventually images?  That would be a beautiful site in these woods.  Better yet, maybe it should be a collaborative effort.  Now that would be beautiful indeed!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I'm linking up today with Paint Party Friday.  Pop over there to find a list of incredible artists also sharing their work today.  You can join us by linking to your own artsy endeavors!

Have a restful and happy weekend!

29 comments:

  1. I love all your colourful canvases! And they look perfect on that cabin wall!

    Happy PPF!

    Ilona

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  2. Fabulous color and texture, just love this!! HPPF!

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    1. Thanks, Kim. As you can probably guess, I'm having a BLAST!

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  3. I think you hit on it, the whole shed outbuilding could be one big never-ending canvas.......lovin the freedom I hear in your words....no stopping you now. xox

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    1. Doesn't it sound like just so much fun?! It could be so beautiful.

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  4. Do it! Paint the shed! :-)

    Your paintings look fab and I'm happy you're having so much fun!

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    1. Thanks, Becky. Wish you could come help me!

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  5. Dynamic and colorful paintings ~ Wonderful!

    Carol of: (A Creative Harbor)
    visiting from PPF

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    1. Thank you, Carol. They change constantly. There's no telling what they'll look like next week!

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  6. Love your paintings, rich texture, depth and color! Great place to photograph them, your gallery looks really good! <3

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    1. Thank you, Anne. i have a feeling that wall will be used again! Have a great weekend!

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  7. You are obviously having the greatest of times Janice and thank you for sharing these fabulous canvases. Happy PPF, Annette x

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    1. I am DEFINITELY having fun! I enjoyed your PPF post - that bottle has me thinking...

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  8. How fun to see all that color splashed on the wood building!

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    1. Yes! I am hoping for another sunny day soon so I can play with this some more...lots of clouds around here lately.

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  9. Janice your canvases are a such a carnival of color, they look great out there. You are having such an adventure, such fun, thanks so much for sharing with us!

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    1. Hey there, Kat. I really am having a great time and it is SO MUCH FUN to share it here. I love it that you come visit to see what I've been doing and that I can do the same for you. Too bad we can't find a way to share a nice cup of coffee or tea over the internet...

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  10. You inspire me! To get the paints out and express myself! I love your artwork - so dynamic and rich!

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    1. Do it, Lori! I bet I can guess what the dominant color would be ;-)

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  11. Wonderful. So vibrant and full of life! Looking forward to the next stages!

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    1. Thank you, Denthe. I was so excited to learn that you went through this course as well. It's nice to have that in common.

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  12. Oh indeed....do paint it!!! I once painted the closet wall that housed my washer and dryer...friends loved it as they used the commode!! It's since been painted over with a plain color and people still miss the painting that was the doors!! Instead I have canvases hanging on the wall!! Not the same as the commitment of doing a piece of furniture, a wall or a door!!

    These are beautiful. I imagine it would be fun having them hanging in the yard during nice weather...very fun to look at!!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. Oh, I wish I could see that painted closet! I bet it was fun! You're right about it being different to commit to a wall or something like it. It's a rather bold move! I think a painted shed out in our woods would be stunning!

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  13. oh, amazing canvases...very vibrant! lovely work...

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    1. Thanks, Dianne. They're coming along...having lots of fun!

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  14. What fun these are! Very vibrant!

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  15. Gorgeous and vibrant! I love them. A friend of mine is taking Flora Bagley's class and loving it. A painting retreat to collaborate on painting the building would be a BLAST.

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