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March 20, 2011

breaking free

Painting pictures was never my thing, at least that is what I thought. I really never had any desire to paint "something". I like to play with paint, add charcoal, mixed different kinds of paint, add paper and other elements, make a mess, a background to collage over and under! Now that to me is my kind of painting. However the other night (maybe a week or so ago) I was creating a background on an old book cover for a new collage and I saw these flowers in it. I drew around them, colored them in, shaded and there was created "flowers in the forest". I posted it on an earlier blog and also used it for my blog header.

With that said, last night I was working on the background, again on an old book cover, for some kind of mixed media project with my dragonfly collage. I got the background done and I saw a face, then I saw this girl emerging. I took my charcoal pencil and outlined what I saw...there she was...coming out with barely visible wings carrying her along. I just added a little watered down color to bring out her figure and her hair.

So here is she is, "breaking free". I think this is myself and other women who are emerging into our true being; our passion, our creativity and our purpose. I know for me I had to break free from so much to be where I am now.

I wanted to share as this is not what I normally do in the way of art. Finding life in what I thought was just a fun, messy background has surprised me twice. Both have touched my heart and soul.

I know, right now, I am breaking free of fear, rejection and my own self doubts about what I can really do. I am coming into life again and it feels wonderful. Is there anything you are breaking free from? What are you emerging into?


Diane said...

Robin, I completely relate. I work with mixed media when I want to relax. It is something that you can allow to evolve on its own without a pre-conceived layout or design and some very happy accidents happen. It allows you to go by instinct rather than design, and that is the most relaxing part of art to me.


~Rasz~ said...

Yes this is what I am finding out. Once I got out of my creative block, I started making clothing and accessories from secondhand and remnant material and fabrics. How I ended up with paints and paper and doing this is a mystery, it just evolved. The evolution is fun! Today I am going to complete another book purse. The background is already done...hmmm...I know what I have planned, I wonder what is really going to show up!

Amanda Trought said...

Robin, you hit the nail on the head, its great seeing your blog, I love your approach to your art. I only recently came across mystelles videos and drawing what I see emerging, its amazing there is always so much coming out. When I was younger I use to see faces and images coming out of different objects (ie curtains, or the way something was folded) but never thought that I could incorporate it in my own work. (you sometimes think your on your own), but more and more I find like minded artists and its a breath of fresh air! Great to see you on brave girls, have a blessed week.

~Rasz~ said...

Hi Amanda, I agree and thanks for the support. Its amazing when I get out of my own way and just be, what can happen...with art and life.

Heather Henry said...

I can really relate to this. I have just recently begun to do art again after years of not really having time to do it. I feel like a butterfly finally emerging from a cocoon that I've been wrapped in for years. I'm finally busting out, but it's a little scary at first and I've yet to become fully confident with what I'm doing.
I saw that you're also doing the A-Z Challenge as well. I'm excited that I'm not the only artist doing this, I'm really looking forward to seeing what you create. I love your art! Very beautiful, creative and free!
Thank you for sharing your art! Blessings to you!

~Rasz~ said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you Heather. I am so glad to know I am not the only one emerging. Sometimes being on a journey with others makes it just so much more special. You blessed me with your words and I am glad you could identify with the girl breaking free also. On my way to check out your blog and what you are up to.

Arlee Bird said...

Glad to see more artists joining in the A to Z Challenge. Your collage art is similar to what one of my daughters does. You can see some of her art at her website CollagePodge . Good luck with April!

Tossing It Out
Twitter hashtag: #atozchallenge

Heather Henry said...

Thank you Rasz for your encouragement and enthusiasm, It is truly inspiring. I tend to doubt myself and my art and then compare myself to others, which I know is silly, but it happens. So, your words are definitely uplifting. I wanted to let you know that after the challenge in April, I hope to start sharing other art blogs, twice a month on my blog, I'd planned to start that in April, but it may get a bit crazy with the challenge, so May will be better. Would you be interested in me posting about your blog?
Hope you're having a beautiful day, thanks!! :)

Kristy said...

First... thank you for you sweet response over at my blog !! You touched my heart !! Second... I am so touched by your post. As you know I am emerging from the loss of my dear Husband. His death sent me into the darkest depth of depression,fear,anger... on and on. Purely through God's hand and my art am I coming back to life and finding that I can do ANYTHING I put my mind to. It just takes practice and an open heart. What an amazing journey... one I know my handsome husband is watching from heaven saying" That's my girl! I'm so proud of you !" As the title to my blog says... healing through art. What a gift and an honor !! xxxxx... your BGC sister... Kristy

~Rasz~ said...

Arlee Bird-thank you for visiting my blog. April is almost here and the challenge is going to be fun! I am so glad to be a part of it.

Heather-Oh yes I doubt myself and compare myself to others also. I am glad to have uplifted you as you have done the same for me. I believe that is what we are here for, what we were created for, to uplift, encourage and inspire each other. I love your idea of sharing art blogs. I would be honored to be posted on your blog. I want to join in on doing that too and of course posting you on my blog! What a great idea for us to all support each other! I guess we have a new challenge for May!!!! Oh this is great!

Kristy-You are an amazing, brave woman. You inspired me. Yes, God does help us through our pain and healing in so many ways. I believe as He is the ultimate artist and we are His children, His art speaks through us, heals us and in turn heals others. I am so happy you were touched my my post. Thank you for letting me know. I will be following your art and your healing journey!

Heather Henry said...

Hi Robin,
I just wanted to let you know that I am awarding you with the One Lovely Blog award. You can go to my blog and retrieve it. Thank you for your beauty that you share. I'm looking forward to your next post.

li said...

Hi Robin. Thanks for all of your kind words on my blog! And welcome to the A to Z Challenge, it's my first challenge as well. I've dabbled in art over the years, but it simply isn't where my heart is at. But I do like to look at and appreciate works of others. I can relate to the feeling of "putting yourself out there", because whatever we create contains pieces of ourselves, and so we are vulnerable. But I've learned a great deal from others in the past 3 months, and I've learned about myself too, which I didn't expect. I hope that you find as much joy in blogging as I have. :)

~Rasz~ said...

Thanks Li, I agree with you about learning so much from others and about myself too from blogging! And I did not expect that either. I'm finding joy, friends, inspiration and community blogging and relishing every moment! The A-Z Challenge will be fun. I have added your blog to my sidebar. Your stories are fabulous! I got lost in time reading your blog. So glad to meet you. I am definitely a new fan of yours!