watercolor painting hummingbird

I’ve Got The Painting Fever

How it ended up. My husband hates the bee and ย think I might too.

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.

How I might crop it.

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.

Tiny-Small helping me squish the cling wrap around to make the paint look like water.

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!

39 thoughts on “I’ve Got The Painting Fever”

    1. You are so supportive of everyone! I think you must be extremely popular and fun to be around in real life. I wish we lived closer to each other. I always smile when I see your face next to a comment.

      1. Awww sweetie! That’s what friends are all about! We’re here to support one another and tell each other if something really STINKS =pp …from what you may think I’m hardly popular at all but I am definitely fun to be with <3 especially with those that love art as much as i do and trust me I'm always drooling…wondering when I can make a purchase from your store…trust me i'm eyein' them… i'm so happy we met <3 and i love reading your posts!

  1. I think I would also be “against” the bee. It just somehow does not fit in there, but as art is art and everyone is allowed to have their own opinion – its just mine ๐Ÿ™‚ Its fantastic you have this passion to share with your little girl – does she show any talent for paiting that she got (most probably ;)) from you?

    1. You are so right about art and opinions! Some of the things I have painted and truly disliked my husband has loved and of course the opposite has happened too. My daughter loves to paint, but I suspect all kids do. I don’t know if she will have any enthusiasm for it, but I will be thrilled if she does. She seems to enjoy music and dance. I think art may prove to be too solitary an activity for her. She is outgoing and enjoys a crowd…especially a clapping crowd!

      1. haha, clapping crowd! Maybe she will become a dancer then. About opinions – its sometimes disturbing but a really good characteristic of art. It is so personal that one opinion for everyone out there is simply not possible.

        1. Very true! I am so thankful that opinions vary. Otherwise we would live in a very boring world and nothing new would ever be made.

          1. exactly. One just needs to be true to himself and respect other opinions but not carry them in his head for too long…After all, in the end our opinion and feelings are the ones that matter!

  2. Beautiful painting! I love the touch of magic that has been creeping in lately. (Or maybe it has always been there and I’m just noticing it.) I laughed at the fact that your husband does not like the bee. I wish my husband was more vocal with feedback about my art. I actually DO like the bee. I feel like it balances the piece, as its wings mirror the hummingbird’s. Maybe it could be softened a little? I miss painting fever. It comes in short little spurts, like fits these days.

    1. The magic has come from Sandra who commented here. She has given me some much needed courage and inspiration. I am thinking of her as my muse. She has a beautiful soul!

      I am thinking that I need to finish the bee. I kind of stopped when I felt it wasn’t working. Maybe some more details to make it look more dimensional and if possible to lighten it. Good suggestion!

      When your son gets older you will get all kinds of feedback! Tiny-Small has no problem telling me something is pretty or ugly…haha! You will grow a tough skin too.

    1. I have thought about doing a series on painting tips, but I wasn’t sure if anyone would be interested. I think it would be really fun to do and so I will think about a way to do it. Maybe a YouTube video and a small class. Then everyone can post their results. That would be really fun!

  3. Beautiful as usual. So seriously jealous. If I can add my art-impaired point of view, I love the whole painting with the bee. I like the balance, depth, and color that the bottom brings to the entirety of the piece.

    1. Thanks, Karen! I love the color and the hummingbird. I may be able to alter the bee a bit to make it work for me. You are not art impaired! Your visual opinion means a lot to me. I cannot see it with fresh eyes and I tend to be very hard on myself. It is nice to have outside opinions…especially when they are so positive! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you! I think I will try to lighten it or soften it a bit before I do anything that cannot be undone. Hayley had a good idea that might just be the solution to the whole mess! I will keep you posted.

  4. I really like the background for this. The Saran Wrap is such a great idea… simple and brilliant! The bee is nice but I feel that it needs something to make it meld into the painting. Maybe some clearish tissue paper for the wings or something? This is way out of my realm of artistic ideas. I’m glad you can recognize when the muse is with you. Whenever I try and force my painting terrible things happen. I may take longer with some projects than others but it’s better to wait than to make mistakes and have to do it over.

    1. I agree. Sometimes I can work through it, but I have to expect more mistakes. With watercolors you can’t really make mistakes so it is better to stop.

  5. I am not an artist, but I find the same thing is true with my own hobbies. My interest waxes and wanes in intensity, but I know the love is still there. I’ve been picking my camera up more lately, after having ignored it for many months.

  6. I love the bee! There whole piece is beautiful, but there is something more raw and organic about the bee. I think because it isn’t symmetrical and the wings just kinda go every which way. If it were my piece, I would add some shading underneath the wings and maybe some whites on the body to make it look a little more 3 dimensional. A little shimmer to the wings would probably go a long way to help it feel like it “fits”. And beautiful color scheme btw!

    1. Good ideas! I stopped working on it and so the bee needs some attention. Sometimes I have to walk away from a piece and come back to it so I don’t make it worse! I love the idea of a little shimmer.

    1. Little People. Ever notice how they are made like kids draw people? Big heads, no arms, no legs? when I was a kid I drew people with just heads and feet. This was probably a sign of what was coming.

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