It is important for me to have rhythm and structure in my life. These two elements allow me the freedom to create. I have also learned that the way I begin my day is vital.
I used to listen to the BBC news first thing, and realised that it was 99% negative and designed to ignite fear and anxiety in the listener.
I now listen to soothing music for the first hour or two while either writing or doing a warm up watercolour.
Today I start with painting a gentle magical hummingbird. I have used hummingbird imagery in my paintings for over thirty years. They symbolise for me the unseen magic in our world.
I am using watercolour paper with a neutral ground which I applied some time ago. Remember when working from a ground…it is important to let the ground colour dry at least 24 hours before painting…otherwise mud is likely to occur!
Because I have worked from a ground, I have applied Winsor & Newton Permanent White Gouache for my lightest areas.
This took about 20 minutes and along with the music was a very soothing exercise….and at the same time, I now feel awake and fortified to listen to the news or whatever else the day has to throw at me:)
Note in the finished sketch…I have allowed colours to bleed into one another…..
I had a lovely visit with Bonnie Halsey Dutton, who is now staying in Paris with our mutual friend, the artist Mariethe Salort, and then she is on her way to a summer school in Orvieto, Italy. I will write a separate blog about our time together along with some photographs.
Wishing everyone a peaceful, loving day.
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It was quite a peaceful beginning to my day now.. (smile) MAGICAL,,,yes. It’s going to be a good day.. ❤
Dearest Janet, Thank you for today’s magic. I also used to listed to the news channel on the radio all the way to work and kept it on that station all day….so that I didn’t miss anything. I have changed that in the last year. Now I keep the radio off. I look around at the beauty of my surroundings and thank my higher power. Than go on a spiritual trip as I drive and wait in traffic. I am not missing thing on the radio, and my day starts off with my head tuned into the important things in life. Love to you. Ellen Mc
Lovely to see you here Ellen, and thank you for this lovely response. I like to begin as I wish to proceed…and so the beginning of my day is vital…..nature, soothing music are all the things that feed our souls. Very glad to hear the joy in your voice. Janet:)xx
Hi Ellen, It’s lovely to think of you driving along deep in wonderful thoughts….Happy week ahead. Janet. xxx
Love you Gini…and hope you had a lovely day.x
Love you Gini and thank you:)xxx
Thank you, Gini:)xxx
How very beautiful, the white you have used here has the bird glowing iike a little jewel.
I agree about the news, I always had it on too but now I open the kitchen door each morning and listen to the birdsong.xxx
Good morning Dina….I am loving the dawn chorus:)xxx
Thank you Dina:) Have a lovely day without the news.xxx
Wishing you too, a beautiful day, and may you have the company of all the noble beasts of every environment you may visit.
Good morning, thank you so much, Shimon 🙂
Wunder schone!!! ❤ ❤
Thank you, Cindy:)
Oh this painting is so very lovely! I too stopped listening to the news some years ago. I love how you warm up and start your creative day with a painting of one of your awesome hummingbirds. 🙂
Good morning, yes it makes a huge difference depending on the way we begin our day….I have found that the new can wait:) Thank you. Janet.
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I love the way that Janet Weight Reed starts her creative day by painting a watercolor of one of her magical hummingbirds! Who needs to start the day out listening to nerve wracking news anyways. 🙂
Good morning – thank you so much for this lovely comment:)
Janet weight your words and poetic paintings flow so smoothly giving the harmonious and soothing pleasure to the eyes of the reader and same to the mind. You are beautiful and humane human. Thank you so much for being there and sharing peace and joy ❤
Good morning, Tanveer and thank you for this beautiful comment. I really appreciate. Peace and joy to you this day…janet:)
peace and love ❤