Playing and letting go…..

“The creative process is all about experimenting, letting go of the logical information that our brains have processed during our lifetimes, and embracing the concept of seeing our world in a much broader sense.”     from The Apple Exercise – Janet Weight Reed. 20-11-15 - 1 (1079)I like to begin my day with a warming up exercise.      This awakens my senses and connects me to my materials and environment.           With regard to subject matter – it can be anything.   It is  helpful to have a ‘jumping off point’.      In this instance, I used a picture of an Iris.    In itself very attractive as a photograph but lacking in vibrancy and energy.

20-11-15 - 1 (1012)Our minds tend to be conditioned by what we have been taught, rather than what we actually see or feel.      When I look at this photograph, in my mind’s eye I immediately see a field of Iris infused with energy, light and shade.

All these images are 5 minute studies.    They are all about observation and letting go of preconceived notions.       Remember – it’s only paper.

20-11-15 - 1 (1011)    It is important to note that even if your end goal is to paint a detailed, realistic image, warming up and exploring a subject in this manner will help enormously. 20-11-15 - 1 (1001)If we were able to time travel back to our earliest formative years, (1 to 3) when the world appeared as a kaleidoscope of colour and shapes.   When our young minds were full of wonder, we could regain our natural curiosity and love for colour and form. 20-11-15 - 1 (1067)As pointed out in previous blogs…any fear of messing up a good piece of paper, can be removed by using newspaper or brown wrapping paper to start with.   Simply allow yourself to put strong marks onto the paper.     See all the wonderful things that your paintbrush can do….and have fun. 20-11-15 - 1 (1079)The more we exercise and practise our creative thinking, the easier and more fluent the process becomes.

A magical hummingbird drinking from the sweet nectar of life…...rapid watercolour.

20-11-15 - 1 (716)A bientot

26 thoughts on “Playing and letting go…..

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning Brad…thank you so much – one of the things I love about painting and the creative process in general is that we can learn so many of the universal lessons of life through participating. Have a lovely weekend. Janet 🙂

  1. Margaret Parker Brown

    I think for me, I would feel restrained using cheap paper because what if I totally love what I created? I think this is why I stockpile watercolor paper so that way I always have a good supply of paper. I don’t want any hindrances to my creativity, part of that is watching the paint interact with my paper. I am wondering if I were to use sumi ink on newsprint might be a good warm-up and then go straight for the paints and good paper. Love your paintings by the way and you mentioning how we as children view the world in shapes and colors, I like that. Cheers!

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      When I have given life painting workshops over the years, I always begin with rapid sketches on newspaper – for about 45 minutes. It is during this part of the workshop that participants often do their best work….because they let go of any fear involved around messing up a good piece of paper. they don’t feel so committed. Interestingly I have found some sketches on newsprint to be quite attractive….You have nothing to lose by trying. Hope you enjoy a lovely and very creative weekend. Janet 🙂

  2. Kathleen O'Malley

    Oh, Janet! Beautiful paintings – brought tears to my eyes actually! So good to see your work and read your words!
    Love Kath

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  4. davidjrogersftw

    Janet, I just woke up, my body a little arthritic stiff, my eyes starting to focus, blinking in the bright light of my work room,, and there through the haze i see the brilliant shades of your watercolors..You inspire me, so I who have always been afraid to paint because I feel my art work is so bad will do a watercolor today. How do you like that?


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