Friday, 2 July 2010

Freedom


An artistic prompt on Freedom... Hmmm... my mind wandered to revolutions and liberty. My voice sang along with George Michael and my heart soared with the words of Martin Luther King. That's where the problem began. I read his most famous speech and I felt so humbled, so overwhelmed. This was the freedom I wanted to paint. But wow, how do you paint that passion? How do you get inside that ring of freedom and bring it to life?

My paintbrush just sat there laughing at me. Sometimes it is so easy to respond to these creative prompts. This week though my mind was overflowing plus I was so busy with ... well ... life that I didn't have the freedom to create.

I gave up in the end and decided to just give myself the freedom to create whatever I fancied. I just let the Muse take over. She was clearly in a strange mood... But thinking about it, why shouldn't we just paint whatever we like. Why do we need to be focused on what other people might think. This painting was not going to be for sale. Yes, it would be placed on t'internet for all and sundry to gawp at, but should I care what people think about my art? I think I grew up believing that art should be realistic. I carefully painted flowers and landscapes to match their natural counterparts. Now, at last, I am letting myself go. Art for me now isn't just about delicate watercolours. Now it is about experimentation, collage, texture, feeling and, yes, Freedom!

So, this is my post this week for Inspiration Avenue, but also I'll stick it in the Happy Friday category too. Creativity is what makes me happy and between the day job and the small grabbed moments of messy play this week, it has been a good one!

13 comments:

  1. Girl this is so powerful! I love it. It does remind me of freedom but its your freedom,to paint the way you want to paint. Gorgeous piece.

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  2. the crimson splatter itself passionately and truly defines the term freedom of expression ... i dun think anyone can doubt that!

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  3. I identified with your message this week...Freedom to create...well put.
    And a nice piece of artwork too :)
    X0X

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  4. Striking and shocking and powerful and FREEING- let the shackles fall off girlfriend!

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  5. I love this post! It speaks to my heart, as I can identify with it, and have also been trying to "let go" and just let my art "happen" without the interference of my brain questioning it. It's difficult, at first, but SO freeing once you "get in the groove" of it! I love the posted art ~~ it's very unqiue and speaks volumes...about you and your freedom to create! Embrace it, girlie! {{{Hugs}}}

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  6. Painting from the heart instead of head--how powerful! Inspiring post! Thanks.

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  7. Thank you for the creative inspiration. It does sometimes seem like the paintbrush is laughing, doesn't it? What you created is powerful and from the heart. Great work!

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  8. Experimentation there's nothing like exploring and seeing where it leads. I'm always surprised where it does lead especially in art. I always feel grateful to my creative tutors who encouraged me to let go and chuck some paint about, otherwise I might still be painting and drawing some tight little pieces. I noticed your work earlier, it is strikingly powerful, I wanted to return later when I had time to say something meaningful!

    Here's to your freedom!

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  9. I love this piece of your art, to be free with ones art makes it all worthwhile and that is what I need to be, much freer with my own art! Your wonderful words of wisdom and interpretation of the theme is truely liberating and inspiring. I'm off now to be FREE!!! 80))

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  10. What a GREAT interpretation of the theme- "creative Freedom"! I LOVE it!

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  11. I like it a lot!!
    Freedom to create.
    YAY!

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  12. Yay to Freedom! To coming into your own! To filling more and more of your day with your creative bliss! It's a joy to see! ((hugs))

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