“Cow Parsley”…I think it’s going to rain.

I know it’s a strange title but in keeping with the recent weather here in the North Island of New Zealand. I painted over the beginnings of a still life composition that wasn’t quite coming together. A number of layers later the final image immerged…

Video shows the process of building acrylic layers prior to soft pastels.
Felt it needed greater definition of contrast.
Was tempted to stay at this point but wanted to challenge myself a little more.
“Cow Parsley”…I think it’s going to rain. Approximately 29″ x 21” mixed media on Fabriano Artistico paper. If you click on the image it will take you to the Landscape Gallery where this piece is available for purchase.

The importance of maintaining fun…

I have struggled lately with the lack of playfulness and joy that has become apparent in my art practice.  My focus has been on the accuracy and result rather than the freedom and joy found in the process of creation. The excerpt from ‘Lifelabs’ below reminded me of the importance for my own art practice of balancing these two elements.

‘Being creative is meditative. Taking the time to use our hands, minds, and energy doing something we enjoy and that makes us happy is of highest importance in life. Creativity is fun, and doing anything that brings joy reduces our stress levels and improves our quality of life’.

https://lifelabs.psychologies.co.uk/posts/4292-the-positive-benefits-of-creativity

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