Monday, March 11, 2013

Deb is Going BIG

Yep, I'm going Fearlessly BIG. It's taken a lot of time thinking about it, but now is the tme to actually start and Do.
So Last week I started with Connie of Dirty Footprints Studio the Fearless BIG 6 week painting course. These are my first 4 exercises.

I'm already soooooo excited and Joy filled with these creations, I LOVE how they turned out.

These are all painted with acrylic on BIG pieces of Cartridge paper- 24 x 36 inches.

The first exercise - was the Scribble Exercise

I just went for it :-) and just let myself go for it with big strokes of colour.

a Close up:

The Next Exercise was the Flow Line, now I just Loved this, the colours and the painting flowed, and then I felt connected and I know that this was about my hubby and Me- full of Love and Passion. The little Fear Gremlin had a go- about following the Rules of the exercise- but I just said- hey the only thing I need to do is Listen and Feel the painting.

The next exercise was Shape or Shapes, I went with a teardrop- cause that was the first thing that popped into my head. I found this exercise tricky to do- as the Fear Gremlin was right there first hesitation, first doubt:- You chose the wrong shape, you don't know what you're doing, this is a mess etc. But once I just breathed centred and just went with and stopped worrying about what it was going to look like, I found joy in my shapes.

Finally, Draw like a 5 year old- classic, this just made my heart smile :-) the first thing that popped into my head was a Chicken. So a chicken it was. First, though I thought maybe I'd just do this exercise on a smaller piece of paper- A3, to save paper to not waste paper- (there's that pesky Gremlin again) but as soon as I picked it up, I was like No WAY!! that's way too small - BIG all the way.

I love my chicken picture- I painted it with the thought, the chicken has feathers, it's orange, it has a chick - it lays eggs the grass is green and the sun is big and yellow. Trying to attach no thoughts to the process.

I think what I learned today, is that actually I love to paint BIG, that I love Colour, and that I worry way too much about wasting paint, wasting paper, wasting time. And that I have a thing about painting to the Rules, whatever those might be. But that I can let go of that and just Flow and feel the Joy of being BIG and colourful.

Here's to week 2 of BIG


Unknown said...

YAY! I'm doing the BIG course too :)
I love your exercise paintings. I love the bright colors in your scribble, line, and the favorite shape. That happy chicken and chick is such a wonderful scene. Isn't it great to find your freedom in painting?! I worry about "wasting" to, but have just keep telling myself I got it to use it not to keep it precious on a shelf!

SanDee1899 said...

i am not sure which course you are talking but will check it out. Your first paiting does look to me like a paiting of Pollack - so amazing! ...

Angie said...

Your paintings are great, although I love your tags you create the best......pop on over to my blog, I've awarded you a Liebster Award. Angie x

Krisha said...

Congrats on your class Debi!! I had to laugh at your "letting go" comments, we all go through it. I learned a long time ago that it is just paper and paint,ink,or what ever, and can be replaced. Never a waste of time when you are learning something. I love the scribble colors, in fact I like all your exercise results. What sizes are they?

Terry said...

Oh I am so loving Debi going "Big." These prints are gorgeous and I love all the vibrant colors! WooHoo!

Maria said...

Good on you, the colours In the scribble one are electric, and I love the chicken one! Xx

hazel said...

Wow Debi! What amazing artwork. I love the colours of the in the first one.
xxx Hazel.

2amscrapper said...

Love these pages!