Aug 19, 2009

The Process of Art

I've been absent the last couple of days because my dad had back surgery today, which went well by the way. Please continue to pray for his recovery. Thanks Ocean Dreamers!

And...the following three little words hit me. PMS. Yes, the three evil letters. They make me go quite insane in my mind, crying and feeling emotions I never want to feel once a month. So, instead of going mad, I thought I should just give my little blog a break. I wanted to spare you all from my irrational thoughts. I bet you are thanking me just about now. ;)

So lately I have been thinking just as life is a process of learning, that art is exactly the same way. You can't rush it. You see, so many times I analyze why I am a certain way. Why am I crying my eyes out tonight? What in the world made that so lame and irritating? Why am I lonely? Why can't I have more friends who love me for me? Woah, pity party alert. No body likes that and so I put an end to that right away. Out comes the watercolor and paint brush!

So many questions plague my mind and it all comes down the fact that everything takes time. Everything requires patience. I can't solve everything at once. I have to wait things out and learn that life, well, uh, is a process. As frustrating as that may seem, and even though I have no idea where I am headed sometimes, I have to allow God to fill in the blanks. Believe me, he creates amazing rainbows if you let Him.

The canvas may start blank. It may even consist of a splash of pink.


But then an idea sparks and something you may be going through may get a little brighter instead of a bit darker. You have started to sweetly surrender.

You work on that friendship that you think went down the drain. You take a new class to discover a new passion, ie Interior Design for me. My class starts on the 31st! Yay! Or...you fall in love. Or...you fall out of love. Whatever happens, you become a better you, with nothing getting you down.

Life seems to be getting a bit brighter when you get out of your pity party. Believe me, this was therapy for me tonight.

With each passing turn and stroke of your paintbrush, you think of new ideas and new attributes that make you special. You are unique. Let nobody tell you otherwise.

If someone breaks your heart, you start over. Move over fear! If you are sick of your career, where you live, or need to just get away, you paint and you paint until you find the right colors for you. Trust me, I've been there. Still am.

But whatever happens...you don't lose hope. You keep painting, you keep smiling, and you keep coloring in the pieces of your life. Life may seem dull and not worth it sometimes, but as you color in the missing lines and shapes, something may excite you. The word apathetic disappears as you begin to reach beyond the frustration and pain to find bigger, better, and brighter colors.

You understand and embrace the process of art.

In case you were wondering, you also may pick up a beautiful and glamorous dress in the process, one that will never fade and the colors just get brighter and brighter!!

40 comments :

  1. Here's to a colorful life! And down with PMS. She is an evil lady!

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  2. You and your wise words, I swear! I might have to start calling you Ocean Dreamer Confucius. Hope you don't mind!

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  3. Thinking positive thoughts for your dad!

    And yay for Interior Design classes! So fun!

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  4. Beautiful post, honey! Hope your dad feels better soon. xxx

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  5. Maybe I should paint when I PMS. Release the emotions in other mediums! I love how you showed your process here. Your art is lovely!

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  6. this is a new perspective of life.never thoguht of that this way.it's just incredible, knowing that we have the power to colour our life.it's just that i'm getting tired of some parts of my life, but never thought of getting over them.it's more a matter of trying to forget without solving them.so thanks.i shall start coloring my life.btw, is that your painting?i love the fluidity of the dress:)and i'll pray for your father.i have some back problems too, and i'm working on it so i don't need surgery one day.

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  7. You are a really great girl, love your honesty and thoughts honey.

    love and hugs,
    xxx

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  8. Warmest wishes and best recovery thoughts to your dad!

    I don't envy your PMS; I don't miss it, at all. But the flip side is the wonderful menopause shit! It isn't much fun, either.

    Love, LOVE, LOVE your painting!

    xo Ocean Dreamer,
    Mango

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  9. Wish your dad a fast recovery. Your colorful picture is beautiful and love your honesty. Keep that head up!

    And remember there is always cake. Just throwing it out there = )

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  10. Came across yr lovely blog on another & stopped by to say hi!Agree PMS is the pits but so is, I understand, the reverse - the dreaded menopause!

    Hope you're having a great week & best recovery wishes too to yr father!

    Nora & Lola:)

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  11. I love it!! What a great way to think and a gorgeous piece!

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  12. Sending your dad and your whole family prayers :)
    What a lovely painting hon! Hope the PMS leaves you soon - it's never fun. xx

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  13. I love your outlook:). Thanks for the words of inspiration. Prayers continuing for your father! I love the idea of living a colorful life:).

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  14. Gorgeous work and words, darling! Hope your dad feels 100% asap!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  15. Praying for your dad to have a speedy recovery! I love how you walked us through the process in this post. Very true words!

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  16. I want to wish your dad a speedy recovery!

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  17. that's so cool, I love art as a therapy of sorts. It's so soothing just to take your mind somewhere else for a little while. I hope your dad is doing well, I'm sending good thoughts!

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  18. Ohhh awesome girl. What a great way to deal with the pms meanie!!! You're so positive it's hard not to smile over here!!

    Praying for your dad! XO

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  19. So glad to hear your dad is doing well.... I will pray he continues to have a healthy recovery!
    Love this post!! So wise.

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  20. I love it! Thank you for the reminder..it is such a unique way to look at the process of growing. Oh and I love seeing you painting..you are very talented!

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  21. I have to allow God to fill in the blanks. Believe me, he creates amazing rainbows if you let Him.<-- such a wonderful way of expressing what god does for us :)

    and lovely artwork!!! i adore the colours.

    xxx

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  22. p.s. praying for
    your dads recovery!
    xxx

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  23. This is going into my TOP TEN list of favorite postings!

    Art is so therapeutic, isn't it? Thank you for taking us through the complete process — what was in your head and on your canvas. This is what makes good art so expressive, the artist leaves a piece of themselves on each creation.

    I watched my son go through this as he dealt with his father's death at a young age. He was only twelve and for years his art was what he turned to. As he gradually, over many years, came to terms with such a huge loss, I could visibly see it in each canvas. Miraculous.

    As for the PMS, I to suffered greatly and in just the way you described. Others have commented on menopause. Know this — for each it is different. I sailed through with no problems whatsoever. They say soy is good for this and it was always a staple in my diet, so think about it.

    Sending positive thoughts out for your fathers speedy recovery and a big hug for you.

    BTW, Meg's comment about the cake just made me laugh out loud. Between you and the dresses and Meg and the cakes, you are both just sunshine on my beach! Love you guys!

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  24. Ah, I wish we could hang out, too! I feel we'd get along so well. Glad you dad is doing ok! I'll be praying he stays that way. Thanks for the nice comment. I get so emotional when I'm pms-ing...you know how it goes ;). I love your post. I wish I was as eloquent as you. You say things so eloquently, and you have such a beautiful, kind heart. Hope the rest of your week is great!

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  25. that was adorable. i never thought about just letting my artistic side take over especially when the beast in me comes during the dreaded 3 letter time. grrr. boo to PMS. yay for beautiful art.

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  26. i loved reading this one! thanks :)

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  27. Hope that your dad is doing well! Hope that you enjoy your class, sounds like it will be fun. By the way, your painting turned out nice, much better than I could ever dream of doing lol
    have a great rest of the week/weekend :)

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  28. Inspiring post! Amen!!
    Thoughts & prayers to your dad!

    xo*

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  29. you really have a talent! I am sending warm prayers your way. So glad to hear the surgery went well. And yes, PMS is terrible!

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  30. art is better than therepy. and cheaper. Sometimes the paintings just won't work and you just have to put it away and start over. sometimes you have to do that in life too. the struggle makes the end result that much sweeter. lovely post
    -indigo

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  31. no problem! Go ahead. it looks great! Thanks for asking =)

    p.s. is it ok if I use wearing too?

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  32. I love the way you described the process of art and I agree about the parallels to life in general. Hope your dad is ok and sending over positive vibes. My dad will probably have to go through surgery in a few weeks as well :/

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  33. I LOVE your "about me" and your book choices:)

    Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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  34. Hope your dad is ok. and definitely down with PMS! x

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  35. I forgot to ask, do you have an email I can contact you at?

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  36. oh, thank you for your kind comments, dear :) this post was truly inspiring. your words are very wise, and go straight to a subject that is very fragile to many of us. we must, indeed, never stop painting and hoping :) we will reach the path to ourselves.

    all the best for your dad! <3

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  37. Quite lovely and inspirational, thank you. I realize that my best art comes from when I don't have any preconceived notions and I just start something and sees where it takes me.

    Great post, thanks!
    Mary

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  38. wise words indeed! positive thoughts all the way x

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  39. Wow! I am speechless! That was an amazing post and it was even better because I was reading it while listening to stranded by Plumb! You are a remarkable person.

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  40. Love it! I like the colors and words of wisdom! :)

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