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As an artist I continually see beauty all around me in my daily life. This often happens throughout the day. Yesterday when I walked into our living room, I was struck by the beauty of the light flooding into the room. My mind began to envision still life subjects basking in front of the light filled window.
I immediately went into action, gathering props around my home and staging my still life set up. The stage had to be set quickly, so a love seat, coffee table and other objects found themselves in new positions in our living room. The room was quickly transformed into a temporary studio!
My “real” studio is in the basement, so I scurried downstairs to retrieve my supplies: paints, palette, thinner, and easel. I decided to do a quick study on Arches Oil Paper using only one color of oil paint– Terra Rosa. It is one of my favorite colors! I love its warm, cheerful hue and how it creates a glow when used as an under painting as well.
Painting the sketch was like a mini meditation session. The house was quiet and all that could be heard was my brush rustling around on the oil paper. During the sketch, I concentrated on various aspects, such as: composition, proportion, lighting, color and subtle color shifts. I also observed how the bright sunlight washed out the surface of the stand and areas of the African violet.
From my exploration, I concluded that this would make a nice subject for a future painting. My mind began to whirl again with ideas of other subject matter I could stage in front of the window. As long as the inspiration stays alive, I intend on creating a small painting in my living room. Since the last few days have been gray and dull, I will have to wait for the next sunny day to appear to once again transform my living room into an art studio.
I thought this quote summed up my spontaneous experience nicely:
“Genuine happiness comes from within, and often it comes in spontaneous feelings of joy.” ~Andrew Weil
Wishing you fun-filled, spontaneous experiences in your day as well!