Happy new year’s wishes have come and gone, resolutions made, declared. The last New Year’s resolution I made and kept was about 10 years ago I resolved to make no more resolutions. I have kept it so far. Until now. A few weeks ago, around the holidays, I began thinking about what was missing in my life (not a whole lot, I’m supremely happy and satisfied with my life now) and my art. And I realized it was play. I need to play more. To let go of “should” and overthinking, let it all go and and just do what feels right. Sounds so 1970’s hippie-ish. Maybe I should join a commune. But sometimes just doing what feels right is exactly what is called for. I was doing a few small paintings yesterday, and thinking about what color to use and why, what shape to use and where to put it, should I put a line here, how long, scribbly or straight, maybe with a little smudge? They look ok but not great. I had some extra paint left over so I smeared it on some previously painted paper, maybe I can use it for collage later. Immediately I felt that wow feeling. It feels so different to create without trying, without the goal of making it look good. I can forget all of the “shoulds” and just do what I want at that moment. A big splash over that careful drawing? Bright orange that clashes with that teal? Why not if it doesn’t matter? That smear of extra paint painting had elements of joy, abandon and randomness which make a painting interesting . It felt like fun. Why is it hard to play? How can I bring that feeling into my art (and life) more often? I need to remind myself, to put my shoulders down and as the wonderful and wise Rebecca Schweiger says “It’s only paint!” So I am resolving to play more, do it just because it’s fun and allow my mind to expand and let loose more often.
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See video below for the essence of play!