Sunday, July 10, 2011

playing with paint

WE ARE MOVING! We've moved a lot being in the military but compared to some of my friends whose husbands are also military guys, we have had a fairly easy time. Still, it's hard on all of us. I pull away, the kids pull away and before we have moved physically, we've moved mentally. We are all stressed here, trying to show the house to potential renters and trying not to make messes. We don't want to cook but we need to clean out the fridge and freezer. It's summer and the kids want to swim but I need to stay presentable and don't want to be chlorine-y or sweaty! It's a catch in so many ways but I've done this before and we will survive. My art is another thing.

Art is so much a part of me. I absolutely love the smell of paint, the sound of swishing water, the process, the thoughts, the puzzle working, the color choosing, etc. I don't have time right now. Can't make a mess. So much else that needs to be done.

BUT I did indulge a little. I couldn't take it anymore. I just had to. So, here it is. I needed color, blending, playing. I needed shapes, and swirls and fun. I want to share it with you because that is one of the best parts for me. Sharing something colorful and fun...a little sunshine in your day. Something to make you forget your worries, even if only for a second or two.

Enjoy my silly take on a rainbow!

I used black gesso in a multi-media sketchbook. I drew simple lines with a white, water-soluble crayon to divide the page . Then I filled in with acrylic paint, only to the edges of the white lines. I blended a bit of white in each area, making it more interesting- more 3 dimensional. When all areas were dry, I wet the page and wiped away the white dividing lines.

And do you know what? It was fun. IT WAS FUN! It's not a masterpiece. It's not superior use of technique or style or anything outstanding. I don't care. I just needed to paint, so I did.
Don't deny your creative urges. Just do a little something. A doodle. Origami. Glue stuff together. Cut something out. Weave something. Crochet. Whatever. WEAR LIPSTICK if you haven't in a while. Just do it. I'm happy I did...and I wanted you to know! :)


  1. I love your rainbow and so sorry you are stressed out abut moving. Take it easy. Love your work. Yes I wore bright red lipstick today. Of course I blotted it.:) Take care Great work.

  2. I love how colorful this piece is. It gives me eyegasms

  3. Thanks for sharing your little bit of play today...I love anything that is in a sketchbook. Represents fun, freedom and relaxation to me. Goodluck with the move.

  4. Awww my sketchbooks never look like that!!! So beautiful and full of color:O)Thanxs for sharing:O)

  5. Beautiful! I hope your move is going well and you can rest a bit! I found your blog through Sandra at Alchemy-Art Memories! You have a wonderful, colorful, fun blog!

  6. Love your art and your blog Megan!

  7. good luck with your move. it is hard to pack up and move, but despite that you've managed to make the beautiful rainbow.

  8. Isn't it funny how important our "arting" time can be? I wish you luck with the move - and with setting up your art space soon - you are such a talented artist and I look forward to seeing more.
    BTW, I found you from the new 1000 illustrations book - your work in there is just fabulous, Kristin xo

  9. I just discovered you while perusing different flickr pages. I also read in one of your bio's that you had taken an online course and wondered if you've taken any (or teach any) that led you to this particular, playful, abstract style! I LOVE it! I'm so inspired and want to try this more playful painting style!

    Absolutely fabulous, intriguing art work Megan! I'm glad I ran across you and your art!



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