in an effort to jump start my creative flow again, today I threw myself into something new. After waking up at 7am thanks to the heat in our bedroom, I got into a little research that lead me to look at some awesome paintings on driftwood. They look so cool and fit nicely with the decor of our place, so i decided it'd be fun to give it a try. I was getting excited at the prospect of a new project, which to be honest hadn't happened in a while. With Pete still snoring away beside me I decided to take myself down to the beach and salvage some pieces that to practice on. If I liked it, I figured I can work up to a nice big piece to decorate our room with.
The beach was lovely this morning, quite a bit windier than last week, but still gorgeous and super hot even at an early hour. I grabbed some good pieces, but also had some nice quiet alone time, walking in the sand, climbing on the rocks and dipping my feet in the water. I love living so near to the ocean, there's just something so calming about it, and it's amazing for inspiration too.
I found some good starter pieces that were small and flat.
I've never really been much of a painter to be honest. People always assume when I tell them that I'm an illustrator that I must be able to paint too. Truth is, I never really took a decent painting class so I can't say that I'm all that good at it...
But that's the great thing about being creative, it doesn't have to be perfect as long as you're comfortable with the end result. This was a practice for me, and something to nudge me in the right direction. I'm pleased to say that I really enjoyed the process. Despite the pictures not being perfect, I do like how they turned out, and they look really nice up there on the shelf. I now have some unique pieces of art to brighten my living room, and a brand new sense of pride in myself. Recently I'd forgotten the importance of feeling good about the work I do, and this was a nice little project to remind me. I'm sure there'll be more of these popping up soon, now I've got the taste for it...