Art Makes Me Happy



For months now I've been painting on paper. Large, vellum bristol paper to be exact.

I like it. It's fun--and since it's far more affordable then canvas, I can feel less pressure when I begin my journey with paint.

But something has been itching at me to paint on canvas once again...to bump it up a notch...to see what will happen.

So I listen...and this past weekend---right after cleaning the studio---I gessoed six beautiful stretched canvases that are now leaning against the perimeter of my studio. Waiting patiently like good little canvases should.

This makes me happy. The fear and uncertainty I feel towards working with these canvases makes me happy. My new clean studio makes me happy. My paintbrushes and tubes of paint make me happy.

Art makes me happy.

And you know what? That's all that matters.

Stop torturing yourself by comparing your Art work to others. Stop feeling bad because your brushstrokes don't match your neighbor's--or someone's portfolio is more glamourous then yours. Stop worrying if you're doing it right--and start actually feeling what you're doing. Stop believing that you are not an Artist because of a, b, and c--and start creating a list of why you are an Artist instead. Stop feeling guilty for purchasing those Art supplies. Just stop it--that's silly.

And go back to swooning your creativity. Start with what makes you happy...and the rest will unfold from there.


12 comments:

Mary said...

Makes me happy too!!
love this!

deb did it said...

thank you for this inspiration!! This post makes me happy!! I am going to go get messy-painty-creative today!!

Kim Mailhot said...

woke up thinking the same thing. I have been toooo controled in my art making lately - time to smoosh some paint around ! Get back to the LOVE!
You enjoy your swooning, Beautiful Connie !

Nessa said...

this is so wonderful connie

The Girlie-Queue said...

HUGS for you my bright and shiny friend! :) I should tell you now that in approximately two months I will show you just how BIG you have inspired me to be♥ thanks for all this Love and reminding me that Art makes me Happy too :)

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Megan said...

Yay. Brilliant post to read first thing in the morning. I was feeling a similar sentiment last night and was hence inspired to blog. I linked back to your post. Click here to read what you inspired

Kim Switzer said...

You made me all teary eyed! Again! The part about feeling what I'm doing and creating a list of why I am an Artist...I felt such a burst of excitement reading that. I'm going to start my list now. Thank you for this idea! *Great BIG Hugs*!

The Girlie-Queue said...

PS - I forgot to say everytime I see your blog post title I hear the guy from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" saying "I feel HappppEEEEEE" as they are trying to cart him off as one of the dead :) I FEEL HAAAPPPEEEEEE! Kiss

Lisa said...

Good golly miss...Connie. Wanna know what I did 2 days ago? Went to the store. Bought canvas. (Pre-stretched on frame, small.) I just felt the urge to make something more "formal"...to give my art a more textured, deep place to rest.

Oh how I LOVE this journey!! :)

Chel said...

Thank you for posting this- I needed to hear it!

Just Me! said...

Golly gee, I miss you, my friend! I just had to visit you here. And how glad I am that I did. For now I'm inspired to enjoy my journey without doubt. I'll enjoy all the colors on the way and I'll do so without comparisons. I'm so proud and happy for you and the wondrous journey you are now on.