New Paintings & Big News!

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The day I realized I longed – I needed – to paint again, was the day I challenged myself to paint at least 1 hour each week. With my schedule packed with loads of design projects, it wasn't easy to find the time. But I made the time and found Fridays to be the best for me, coining #FridayPaintday as the name of my personal challenge.The challenge began in August of 2014 and since then I've accumulated dozens of paintings and rediscovered my calling, my innate desire, my what-I-was-put-on-this-earth-to-do-realization that painting was what I needed to do.

After only a few short months, I didn't feel like I was on a challenge any more, I felt like I was back on track, back on my path. Realizing painting was what I was going to pursue came with a mound of fears "who's actually going to buy my paintings?", "can I make a living painting?", "what will my husband think about me shifting my career, again?", "will anyone like what I create?"....

I tossed and turned for weeks scared to admit it to myself, to my husband and to everyone else that I had to follow this calling. Because I knew it meant so much change and hard work. But I kept looking at the paintings on my wall, paintings I had created years ago when I was painting and I was less fearful and jaded, and the paintings I had created in the past months, and just I knew I couldn't wait any longer. I had to follow my heart and face my fears - not just because I owed it to myself, but also because we had just found out we were pregnant (!!).

I confessed everything to my husband – and hearing myself say it out loud – I felt immediate relief and a sense of calm wash over me. I was exactly where I needed to be.

So here I am today, excited to share with you what I've created. I'd love for you to go and take a look around. You'll see paintings that date as far back as the beginning of the challenge and some as new as last week. You'll also see a few of my new series dedicated to each week of my pregnancy. These paintings have more of a simple, calm, ethereal feel and are created with watered down acrylic paint on watercolor paper. They begin at 13 weeks and will continue till the end of my pregnancy.

When I was asked by Craft Your Life Collective why I paint, I answered:

"Painting and creating art comes from my desire to express myself and to somehow capture and render the emotions and beauty I experience. It also pushes me against insecurities and boundaries that limit my imagination. Each day I paint I feel more whole and exactly where I'm supposed to be."

Let me know what you think by sending me an email or by going to my instagram and saying hello. If you see something you like or are interesting in a custom piece of artwork, let me know. Read more about my new decision and new energy here.

FINDING INSPIRATION / ABSTRACT PAINTINGS

Finding Inspiration - Abstract PaintingsMy first love was drawing, my second was painting. I remember back when I was a teen I started my first painting that took nearly a year to complete. I still have that painting - maybe I'll show it to you some day. Since then I've had my artwork (mostly abstract paintings) displayed in dozens of galleries and spaces and still feel gravitated and in my element when I'm painting. For me, the painting process is all about taping into the subconscious and using movement, gravity, water and my hands to create the art. I recently started a painting for a friend and can't wait to share it with you. For now I've been pinning and collecting amazing and inspirational create be these talented artists:

From the top left, zig-zagging to the bottom right:

  1. Fede Saenz
  2. Arite Kannavos
  3. Ashley Goldberg
  4. Willem de Kooning
  5. Patricia Vargas
  6. Claire Desjardins
  7. Britt Bass
  8. Kirsten Handelmann
  9. Fede Saenz
  10. Miranda Skoczek
  11. Britt Bass
  12. Kreetta Järvenpää