Sometimes in life we have to step back and take stock – go within, go without!, go round in circles and come back to the place we were once at – but at a new level. I went without many things over the past months and particularly my art – nothing seemed right. So I didn’t create for a while. I cleared out my studio – in fact gave it up. Sold off most of my materials and resources – and gifted lots to The Rowans Hospice and a local Children’s Charity. (Bens Haven) All done very happily.
This freedom gave me the much needed breathing space I had been craving. I cleared out lots from my Summer House of Enchanting Dreams ( my SHED) in my garden. Life began to feel lighter. I was ready to retire – and just enjoy life, but hey ho – that creative urge came knocking at my door — and then I realised why I had saved all my paints! My fingers were itching to be creative. After reading about brave intuitive painting , I found an unused canvas among my reserved stash! I found my acrylics and a brush – BUT instead of using brush strokes, I found myself finger painting . I loved the feeling of smearing the paint on to the white surface with out any preconceived idea of what would form. I allowed. I played. I was having fun. I took my acrylics and smeared them over the canvas and scratched houses into the paint using my finger nails and the end of the brush that was lying idle. I finally added some inked lines and figures. I had never done this in my life before and I LOVED the result. I had found freedom.
So then I created another. I was on a roll. This one bugged me – there was only one figure in it and I wanted there to be two people so I eventually added another figure.
Finally I really let loose and created a flower scene. It was kind of wild. BUT that’s how I was feeling.
Its not the best art in the world, but it was my art and it flowed from my heart-soul. I felt good. I felt free and ready to make more art. The colours were calling me.
TIME set me thinking. What did I want to do with my time now I could choose to do anything I wanted and I came up with the deep longing only to do what I wanted to do, when I wanted to do it and with whom I wanted to share time. Being retired gave me that luxury. COLOUR called me.
So I started to paint again using bolder colour. The houses theme jumped out at me and I happily created some new art from my heart-soul. My Hugging Homes (C) were born.
These are just a few that I have created and people are loving them. Maybe thats cos I love them too from deep within. I have let go of the NEED to create from that position of being DRIVEN to earn money ( tho i am happy to sell my art – don’t get me wrong – we all have bills to pay ! ) but my art now comes from a different place within me. It’s from a joyful inner desire to have fun.
My face book page Freya Perry: Enchanting art is full of my latest art escapades. So do take a look and enjoy. I am. Though now I could with a studio again! – but for now I am creating from my kitchen work surface!!! — as I look out over my inspirational garden.
TIME! The racing rabbit from Alice in Wonderland in my last post some months back had a great personal message to me. I fell down my rabbit hole and came back renewed.