I’ve got the painting fever…caught it from a dragonfly. I know, that sounds ridiculous! A new friend of mine asked me to paint her dragonflies and water with a touch of magic. She is right now creating a blog and when she is ready I plan to share it with you. I have a feeling it’s going to be special because she is pretty special. That kind of magic usually rubs off on everything it touches.
I have painted every day for a week straight. One day I had three paintings going at the same time. You can do that with watercolors. They have to dry and that takes time when your paper is completely saturated with water. The dragonfly was a challenge, but it got me into a fever over painting I haven’t had for a while. It’s a fever I pray will never break, but eventually it does. It always does. My brain will need a rest before long. My creative power will start to drain. I will start to make mistakes like anyone experiencing fatigue does. My images will be spaced strangely, my colors will blur into each other and at the wrong moment. I will make poor choices and find myself getting frustrated. This is all part of the process. It’s a sign I might need to shift gears and so I will.
I can feel this beginning to happen now. Today. I am losing my power and my drive. I am getting annoyed with the paper and the way my paintbrush won’t make the lines I see in my mind. I am daydreaming about other things and not fully in the zone. It’s time to move on and dabble in a new experiment.
I am learning to go with the flow more in everything I do. There is a time to work and a time to play. There is a time to think and a time to act. Most importantly there is a time to rest and recharge. Art is a lot like motherhood. They are both professions that require regular, small vacation moments and time away. They both require enormous amounts of energy that can’t really be physically measured. They both require patience and faith and hope. I am learning to have all three.
I will be ready the next time the painting fever strikes. Until then I will most likely be dabbling in photography, collage and baking. I have other creative outlets that require my attention too. I have batteries that need recharging and I need time for my imagination to wander and for inspiration to strike. I have faith that the fever will return!