Monday, September 03, 2012

A Lesson on Play

I taught at CREATE in Chicago and was traveling from August 23-26. I knew that once I got home I only had about 10 days to finalize my paintings for the St. Louis Art Fair. Usually I try to give myself the proverbial day off, but it just didn't happen after Chicago.
Monday was a catch up/laundry/paperwork day and then I headed into the studio on Tuesday, all full of energy, ready to paint up a storm and hopefully complete some more pieces.
Best laid plans.
I had a horrid painting day that left me in tears, yeah, even after all these years I remain thin-skinned.
Facing Wednesday I was morose. Julie and I had a group of friends coming over to hang out and to be honest I was dreading it. I wanted to see my friends (duh) but I reallyreallyreally needed to finish some paintings and I knew that was highly unlikely in a group setting.
After much soul searching, I gave myself permission to play on Wednesday.
I entered the studio with absolutely zero plans. My friends arrived. I puttered around with some of my small pieces, ones I had previously prepped. Everybody started doing their own thing, conversations buzzing.
I picked up a 6x6 and started futzing with it, laughing and talking all the while. Hmmm, it looked kind of nice. Grabbed another, then another and poof! Before I knew it I was into a lovely rhthym and I completed some of my smaller pieces.

All while I was playing......


  1. Great lesson for us all.

  2. the creative process is a mysterious one, you never can predict how it will all come together in the end. Glad your play time did all it was meant to, relax, inspire, support. Love your 'littles' :-)

  3. this makes me feel more sane - knowing other folks have those furious teary paintings that will never ever ever be okay.


  4. Thanks for the unedited truth! It's reassuring to know that we all get in those places, so why don't we remember? Lovely pieces created during your play time! Bravo!

  5. Wonderful post and artwork!
    Thank you for the inspiring reminder to keep playing while we paint!

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  7. Well done! Good lesson for us all.

  8. i'm sorry you were in tears, but thank you for sharing that! i thought i was the only one.

  9. Even though I'm not a painter myself, I still felt the feeling of what the painters like you feels. Like what everyone else say, Art speaks louder than words. Thanks for sharing. Now. I'm a part of it.

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