go with the flow

Today’s Illustration Friday word is “fluid”. I did the oil painting above many years ago and I remember as I approached the canvas that day, I wanted to paint it quickly, without a lot of thought or control. I suppose you could say, I wanted it to be fluid, to come from that part of my brain that doesn’t worry about rules and shoulds, about being good enough, right or wrong. I wanted to surrender to the rhythm of the moment, to allow the smell and feel of the oil paint move with my imagination across the blank, white canvas. And I wanted to stand on that beach myself, a thousand miles from nowhere beneath a dissolving canopy of cerulean blue sky.

“I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after and changed my ideas: they’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.” ~Emily Bronte

13 thoughts on “go with the flow

  1. I am so glad you found me so I could find your blog! Your painting is just beautiful – inspiring!! I think I have stood on that beach and it was wonderful… 😉 And your book looks like something I’d really enjoy – I am going to go check it out now… Warmly, Silke

    • Monkey mind, I love that Barb! For me that’s the toughest part about being creative, keeping life’s ups and downs out of my head so I my imagination can take over. I can see why artists and writers are often loners, working out in the country in the middle of nowhere!

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