Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Today I got dirty....

Hi friends, now don't get any ideas.....I got dirty with paint. 
I know many of you love to paint using your hands, and don't mind getting messy, but not me,
In fact I can be a bit of a princess, and head to the sink to wash off the slightest paint on my fingers, lol! Well, this little painting got me messy, and there was nothing I could do about it. There was no plan, I simply sat down and put some colors down on a canvas and played. The green bits looked like flowers, so I went with it. Normally I tend to over control things, to know in advance what I will be doing, so this was very freeing!  I got sick of the excuses I kept making for not creating art larger than my ACEOs (not including my journal pages from the previous post).  I love painting whimsical girls, and my sketchbook has been filled with these little folk art ideas for several months. It's about time I let them out on the canvas to play :-)

I don't know about you, but lately I have made a conscious effort to appreciate every moment, to be grateful for each day I am given on this beautiful planet. We have so much to be grateful for, and we mostly go through life without noticing. I guess maybe we are waiting for the big moments to come, but life is made up of small moments, every single day. Life is in the yellow tulips from your garden you bring inside, it is in that first delicious cup of coffee in the morning, it is spending time with people you love.
There is so much going on in the world right now,  to help us keep our balance we need to make the effort to be present in every moment.
Something has changed for me last few months, and for the first time in my life, I am paying attention.. And it has made a world of difference.
Many blessings to you all and thanks for reading!

21 comments:

Magaly Guerrero said...

She looks precious. I love how some of the pink (on top) looks like clouds, I love the smudgy flowers. The look free and wild.

Geri Centonze said...
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Geri Centonze said...

Oops...messed up on the last comment!

Love this piece...and I thank God for small moments!

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

So easy to forget to be thankful, but ultimately, life is the greatest gift.

Great piece! I love to get dirty, no princess here ;)

Micki Wilde said...

I love your dirty girl lol ;)

You should totally come see the state my hands get in sometimes, you'd be running around screaming with the amount of paint on paint on paint I have on there, I always manage to get some on my face and in my hair too....Silly me ;)
Seriously though I do love this girly you've painted and freeing up as an artist is a great way to go, i've loved ever minute :)

Hugs and sunshine

Micki x

Cameron said...

I love this post, Betty!! I am totally with you on this!

Life is so beautiful....so fulfilling when we can just stop thinking about all the tomorrows we may or may not be lucky to see....and enjoy the day we are currently living!

This girl is so lovely! Good for you getting your hands dirty....I love it when I've finished a painting and my fingers are coated in different things, ink, paint, pastel.....makes me feel better than a manicure :D

Clare said...

i love your messy little girl. it is a special place - to be in the moment, that place in between time - when the noise is still and we see what is there and find that we are so grateful for it all

slommler said...

Love your "messing around painting". She is fabulous!!
Yes! I too am grateful!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Marlene said...

I love this little girl, it is good you let go. Yes it is a must to enjoy the everyday things. I will check in when I get back from camping.

Kristina~Kreations With a "K" said...

Very cool. It's awesome to just let go and be in the moment and paint what comes to you :)

Lee Pierce said...

She is sweet! I love the look and the pink of it.

All the moments are good ones - big or small, enjoy them all.

Ah - a princess. That's such a nice way to say it. I confess to being a control freak and spend some time cleaning my palette and my work space and myself. It's all part of my process :D

deb famularo said...

what an incredible post- I am so glad I stopped by here today to read that. And I want your drawing, it is gorgeous!!!!!! You've got talent girl!

Magic Love Crow said...

Blessings to you Betty! I love this painting! I marked her in my favourites, as soon as I saw her! I love her eyes! She's hiding something! LOL! Treasure everyday my friend! I agree so much! Have a great one!

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

Oh my gosh...she is so sweet. I just love her little face. Adorable. It is hard for me to get "messy" too sometimes...so I totally understand. I am glad you did though - she looks great!

Tammy said...

I love your girl!! so sweet! xoxo, and your art is just fabulous!! I was just writing about gratitude on my blog this week too! LOL!! A cool quote you might like "Be content with what you have,rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belogs to you. " Lao Tzu Have a wonderful week!!

Maggie said...

I agree, Betty. Life is what you make of it... what you do with what you're dealt. As I get older, I appreciate every little thing more than ever.
I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your painting! See what happens when you get your hands dirty!

Mina said...

This painting is so precious! You are so right...each moment of life is a gift to be treasured. May we always remember this. ---Mina

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Your messy is absolutely beautiful. I LOVE this painting. :) You should see my hands after painting. Pretty scary stuff - one time I couldn't get ink off for three days! Have a great weekend! Theresa

Pam of Always Artistic said...

Oh she is beautiful. I love it!

NANCY LEFKO said...

wonderful post...beautiful artwork.....

thanks for visiting my blog and for your sweet comments :)

Sophia said...

ADORE! ADORE, Betty!! I think this one is my fave, yet. :)

And I'm with you on the...."lately I have made a conscious effort to appreciate every moment, to be grateful for each day I am given on this beautiful planet".

Hugs