Wednesday, January 26, 2011

my tuscan landscape

Monday I went with a group of ladies to GNosh to celebrate a friend's birthday.  This was the second time I've gone (remember Golden Streets?) in the last 2 months.  Like last time, it was a blast.  We brought our birthday spread...bread, meat, cheese, veggies, chocolate, and wine and left with our very own Tuscan Landscape. 

painting at gnosh

This painting was much harder than Golden Streets, but it was great to learn different techniques.  It's really quite amazing how much you can learn about yourself when you do something that is out of your comfort zone.  I love the creative aspect, but painting does not come easy for me.  Sometimes I feel like an interesting combination...or maybe it's that I'm slowly tapping into my right brain more and more.  I think right now I'm teetering on both sides. 

flowers

My left side likes the exact instructions (although I tell myself it's because I want to learn and not because I have to follow directions exactly).  However, my right side loves a painting with lines that are uneven and messy, a seemingly blur that looks like a masterpiece.

homes

And then there's the perfectionist side of me.  I want that messy painting to look perfect, in my eyes, at least.  But what is perfect?  I love that art is so subjective.  It's the beauty of it, really.  It reflects personality, individuality, and creative expression. 

my tuscan landscape 

I encourage you to today to try a creative outlet that is totally out of your comfort zone.  Use it to learn more about yourself.  You might even try it with a group of friends!  The first thing you'll want to do is compare.  Stop.  Let go of your inhibitions.  And have fun creating!

"It took me four years to paint like Raphael but a lifetime to paint like a child."  Pablo Picasso

5 comments :

MaryAnne said...

I love that Picasso quote! And Gnosh sounds like so much fun! Your landscape looks fantastic!

TAMI said...

How fun ~ Your colors are so bright!

The Herd said...

Love it! What a great idea!!

Ana Degenaar said...

This is so beautiful I love it! I haven't painted in a while and I really miss it.

blissful_e said...

Beautiful! Reminds me of a long-term plan to travel to Tuscany!

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