Expansion!

It is too often that I worry about things like, “Why do I spend my days doing something I don’t fully enjoy?”  “What can I do to expand my horizons?”  “How will I do it?”  I don’t know about you, but these questions can sometimes weigh me down and often make me wonder if I have settled for something.  I find that most of us, are spending our daily routines, doing a job that might not bring us the most satisfaction.  I mean that utterly wonderful feeling of satisfaction that when you go home your heart is full and you feel at ease from what you have experienced that day.

In my day job, I work with numbers, big numbers.  I don’t like them much, and to say the least, I am not very comfortable with them at all.  They make me nervous.  There is always a definitive answer, you don’t have any freedom to ponder that 1+1 might = 3.  or 10.  or what happens if I mix 1 and 2 and 4 and squish in an 8?  Throw in a blowtorch and what will I get?   Nothing. 1+1=2 and that’s that.

I have recently realized, however, that expanding myself, my horizons, is seemingly coming in the form of art, and I am loving every bit of it.  I recently attended an all day workshop, doing just that.  Expanding my horizons through concepts, education, conversation, and inspiration.

In art, you can mix two different types of paint and know or not know what will happen.  You can experiment endlessly with mediums, pastes, grounds, backgrounds, paints, liquid ink, found objects, gels…so many things.  You can repeat the same process and add in a different variable and get a totally different result.  So here I am, expanding.

Despite that pesky day job, I appreciate that this expansion is happening.

Recent Comments

  • Alison Saren
    January 30, 2011 - 7:57 pm · Reply

    That is one of my most favorite things about creating. You never know how it will come out or what it will look like in the end. Any mistake I made could make the piece even better or lead into a different direction I wasn’t even considering. Where was this all day workshop and what was it about?

    I’m thrilled you’re taking a break from thinking about all those numbers every day, all day and free flowing into painting. You never know what will happen next. It is so exciting.

    I really like the above paintings. Let’s frame those beauties!

  • Jamaica
    January 31, 2011 - 10:33 am · Reply

    …If you can’t improve it by taking a blow torch to it then what’s the point? I mean really!!!

    Keep up the good work chica 🙂

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