Almost finished with a painting that I'm gonna stick in the mail to a dear friend of mine. Got a little sad yesterday because I realized that even thought I adore artists like Kelly Rae Roberts and Julie Nutting and they have the most precious "girlies" in their artwork, I can't draw a human figure to save my life. So the style that I LOVE is well out of my reach. This saddened me. Then two things happened.
1. My husband told me to work with what I am good at. He mentioned the "be not afraid" tree. Which got me to thinking. I do love trees. They aren't intimidating....just fun.
and2. I read the following exerpt from Inner Excavation by Liz Lamoreux: "Then, I decided I needed to figure out how to "make a girl" with paint. But I had no experience drawing or painting faces, and the negative inner dialogue that came up when I attempted when I attempted it pushed me away from wanting to paint at all. I spent months almost frozen creatively because of this need to "paint a girl". Somehow I had arrived at the conclusion that to be an artist I must be able to paint a girl." Ha ha!! Someone else has been there too! All of these lovely painted girls floating around in the world, simply out of my reach, and come to find out, I'm not alone! :) Thanks for that, Liz!
Anyway, I painted a tree instead. Threw some stars and glitter in for good measure. Take that fear and frustration! I painted anyway.
And Amy K., if you are reading this, I hope you like your tree, darling girl!