I had a plan, as I always do when starting a commission and
The husband, daughter, son and their partner's all wanted to be apart of the creation and decided that they would like to use their #birthflowers as a starting point for the piece.
I really enjoyed researching the flowers of each month for everyone involved, including the dog!
I sketched them, painted them, explored how they would all fit together on the canvas.
I was about, what I now know, half way through the canvas, and I thought I was finished but it didn't FEEL complete - even though all #birthflowers were in place and I'd created a happy, bright, colourful oil painting which I was very pleased with but something was missing.
I walked away from the canvas, I came back to the canvas, I walked away again and went for a walk.
When I returned to the canvas, I spent sometime just sitting in font of it, getting lost in it, letting it speak to me and show me what needed to be done.
I know that sounds a bit whoo, whoo but that is what I did.
I added to the painting and reminded myself that I needed to trust the process, enjoy the process and allow myself to be guided by the paints.
I have never really got to grips with #meditation but I feel as though through my art and creating I am in a mediative state of mind, I connect more deeply with myself and find a greater sense of peace when I reach that flowing state of mind.
The painting now needs to dry but I'll be sure to show the finished piece once my client has received it!