You are now embarking on a journey of self discovery with me. Welcome.
To start with I like the following:
Lounging around in my pyjamas on a Sunday.
As you already know, painting and photography.
My family (most of the time... he he he)
I love clever recycling ideas.
I am really into the good life, even though I don't have the means to do it yet.
The idea of owning my own land and living off it gets me excited.
I loooooove nature.
I am into healing myself and my friends and family. This is mainly because I have studied alternative therapies.
Most of all I would love everyone to live a stress free life, in peace and love. This list could go on forever, but I should stop before you go to sleep.
So, why am I blogging? Well I thought I would share with you why I started painting. I come from a very creative family. My dad is brilliant at art. My mum was fantastic at designing clothes and sewing them. However she cannot do this anymore due to ill health. She is also an amazing cook. My sister is brilliant at making portraits of people. She actually studied art at A level. I always believed she would be a famous artist one day, and she may well be some day. But me, well, I was ok. I was pretty much an average student. Not bad at art, but not great either. I left school with ok grades. Attended business school and then got married early, to my childhood sweetheart.
Life went on and I had three beautiful, talented, boys, all of whom I encouraged to be creative. I did not have much time for myself. Life was busy as I spent most of my time volunteering at schools, studying ( which is another passion of mine) and managing my family. Fast forward a few years, during a difficult period in my life when my mother was nearly at heaven's gates, I had to give up my job and become her carer. This was a very traumatic time for me. I was slowly breaking down. I could not sleep or focus on anything. My mind was everywhere.
It was during this period, I had an overwhelming desire to paint. I thought I was losing it. Me...? Paint...? I asked myself. But a little voice kept urging me to have a go. Then one day as I was flicking through the T.V. channels, I found good old Bob Ross. He made painting look effortless. It was after that programme I caved in and had a go. I remember using my children's paint brushes that they had no interest in, mainly because their creativity is in other forms of art. For example my eldest is a gifted
writer, my middle and youngest sons are musicians. So, I painted on the inside of a cereal box ( I couldn't find any paper). The result was pretty good. It was then I realised that for those few moments I felt at peace. I had escaped from the daily rigours of life and took a dive into my soul. My head felt lighter as if I had let off steam. Things were clearer afterwards. This was the beginning of my healing process. Art was the start of a new chapter in my existence.
Nature became my master. I also had an interest in photography, which helped my painting too. The idea of capturing precious moments in life forever, is a beautiful thought, and evokes all kinds of emotions every time I look at them. Art is an extension of my soul, uplifting my spirit. It gives me the freedom to express my innermost thoughts and feelings. Sometimes I just stand infront of the canvas and paint whatever comes into my mind. Often I want to paint particular colours, not knowing what will come of it. One such painting is called, 'Blue Horizon'. (take a look :) )
I believe there is an art form for everyone, you just have to express it. Let your environment and your inner self inspire and heal you.