This is definitely my theory when I create. It is also something that I tell my children repeatedly when they too create. Life is so rigid, we follow and obey rules. Who said that creating has to have rules?How many times did you hear as a child, “Stay inside the lines?” For me, it was probably hundreds. What the hell for? So the colors didn’t blend? So that you could streamline yourself to fit into the mold of being a child who could color inside of the lines well? It is our innate ability to create what comes from our hearts, not to use guidelines and rules of how one should create.
So take those paints, have them blend together, flow this way & that, add some water, spread it around with palette knives & see what beautiful creations come about. To have no rules about creating opens your mind to a space that is infinite with possibilities. Why limit yourself to brushes? Grab a few palette knives, some rollers, papertowels, trowels, whatever you can find to apply the layers. I can’t tell you how many amazing “happy accidents” happen in this free form of flow. I even get so caught up in the moment, that I truly forget how and what the process was for any individual painting.
For 12 years now, I still paint with a 3 inch palette knife. It is AWESOME. Often times, the paint gets so thick on it, that I have to peel back the layers. It is so fun to see the back side of blended colors from the paintings that it was used to create. Layer upon layer of paint creates its own entity.
So make it a point this week, or in the near future to get outside the lines….see what magic takes place!
Have some fun…let go of boundaries….get dirty & create something you love.
My beautiful palette knife that has seen oh so many creations come to life.
My 5 lb apron, that has about 10 layers of paint, sand, gel mediums and varnish is a bit of art in and of itself!