… feels right. Or a bit better than simply doing nothing. I was hoping to get done much more, but darkness is very restricting for me. Even though, I’m drawing and painting at electric light, I don’t like that at all. Sensitive colors and shades change insanely in different light, and the only correct painting light for me is the daylight. I’m obviously experiencing shortage of it.
As long as I remember myself, I never liked winter. I feel sorry for myself in winter. I feel that I deserve way better than this freezing air and this wet snow or icy wind gusts from around the corner. I am not trying to get up when I should, and staying up much longer than it is advisable or makes any sense. My productivity is down in winter and I can find all kinds of excuses to justify the wasted time. It might be so that I’m completely dependent on seasonal cycles of the nature. I’m a child of the sun, and darkness and cold are completely arguing with every living cell in my body and every single thought in my brain. Well, I know, I didn’t choose to be in winter, but I have to because of so many reasons and issues.
My only rescue medicine is art. It’s impossible to imagine how I would survive these dark months without colors, paints, sketches, drawings, ideas and paintings! Thankfully, these things occupy my brain and mind completely taking into a meditative state of no reaction to surroundings, problems or issues.
I believe I could show other people how we can fight these upsetting and lazy moods. The only times when I experience real flush of energy are before art classes, workshops and events. These give me wings and I’m bursting with fresh ideas and suggestions. I’m very generous when it comes to sharing ideas and new knowledge.
“Add color to your day” project is coming along, slowly, not without a resistance, but it is developing. I will eventually figure out how to implement three 1.5 hour sessions during the week in order to use only watercolor paints, allowing them to flow, taking away bad emotions, and therefore these sessions will be providing people who have similar winter moods with positive energy and opportunity to overcome the situations they’ve stuck in, that might be health or relationships, or our own nature, whatever. Color and art can cure everything, even people who are unable to physically perform something difficult. New images for these sessions are on the way.
To share with everybody a little bit of warmth, I’m attaching a few watercolors: poured on, washed out without using masking fluid, but the 15-minute ones have pen lines, as well.
January watercolor in warm colors: we just kept pouring on different layers and glazing, and adding more and more … I know we should have used something like masking fluid, but there was no time to wait until everything is dry
Sketch of flowers, we used pen and food wrap for this
Pen and watercolor sketch of poppies: it’s cold outside, but painting in warm colors helps