I started "splatter painting" after a friend sent me a gorgeous acrylic painting of a field of flowers. The artist had placed layer after layer of paint on the canvas, then finished up with splatters, representing the hundreds of wild flowers in the field.
My watercolors and pad of paper sat on the table, looking at me with longing.
Art supplies don't like to collect dust and mine had a layer!
Acrylic and watercolor paints work very differently, but I couldn't quite get the idea out of my mind...could I create quick, energetic, lively floral art by splattering the paint all over? It looked doable, but there was something more.
It looked fun.
I had to try.
The year was 2017 and I was rebuilding my life after a lot of stuff. It felt like the "stuff" was all encompassing and while I was thankful for the rebuilding going on, my heart and mind were longing for some creative outlet.
There was not a lot of margin in my life for creative fun and yet I knew, I KNEW, I needed some way to do a bit of creative work, to play with paint and color and create SOMETHING.
I'm the first to tell you, I'm not terribly into "self-care." I exercise, eat healthy (most of the time) and all of that, but doing things for "me" is not something I've really pursued. It's part of my temperament and part of how I see the world, I suppose. Like many women, I have a lot of joy and sense of purpose helping others vs. prioritizing myself.