A painting can be changed. A friend asked me if the painting I just reworked on felt incomplete and my response was, no just needed to be different. As the creator of anything creative: art, writing or whatever, you have the right to listen to your muse when it tells you that piece needs to be improved with a new spark. Painting is meditative. Just being present with it. Colours in the world all have deep meaning. And when you allow yourself the time to really feel what they have to share with you it is healing.
Today I was attracted to the colour, black, copper and gold. I felt they needed to be on this painting and when I look at it I feel joyful inside. When you look up colour meaning, or spiritual meaning of the certain colour you want to know on google you will find multiple of sites. For me I take everything with a grain of salt but enjoy reading what others have to say. All I know is I listen to my inner muse speak.
I don’t always listen but when I do I feel centered inside. I realized it’s hard to listen all of the time. Sometimes my muse will tell me to do something creative, and I am suppose to be sleeping or something else but I have learned to have balance with the creative muse that lives within me and the mundane muse. That muse that reminds me living in a clean house is nice. Or that sleep is good. Or eating. Or being present with family.
I named the mundane life a muse for it is one just as the creative muse is. I also love listening to my healing muse. I am grateful for the energy I put into them. The three muses of my life. To help me live my life to the fullest.
Now regarding this painting.
I am left handed. I am the only one in my family that is and of course the old joke, I must be the milkman’s daughter often got said. My parents raised many foster boys as well as I had two older brothers. This painting makes me laugh as I have two titles for it. The first: The Rooster calls to the Milkman’s daughter. The second is: A very Cocky day!
The rooster is a very important symbol of awakening to the masculine side of life for me.
I used found objects: playing cards, Chinese newspaper and paper bag with acrylic.
The playing cards were muscle men of the 70’s, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Fabio were two famous men found within.
I don’t have a paint table that is functional anymore, due to clutter and the space not feeling like the right place to paint. I dream of having a studio that I can get naked to paint in again. Yes, I love to paint naked when I can, so that I don’t get any clothes dirty. But that doesn’t always happen. I don’t always feel that need. When I do it feels more sacred. I am learning I don’t have to always paint a certain way. I am letting myself paint where ever I am being called to do it as well as not limiting myself to a future location. I don’t have any special paint palette to mix my paints. I like to mix on styrofoam as it is cheap to use.
Today, was the first time I painted with a special brush that I had brought home with me from China. It called to be used and I tried it. It was fat and fun. I will play with it more often. I am not sure why I didn’t use it in the past. I think I was waiting. Waiting for it to be ready. I had it sitting as a decoration on my mantle for the last 4 years and it feels great to finally use it. Especially on this painting that I had first created 4 years ago. The newspaper is from china to create the rooster. I had at first started placing the newspaper as a circle and in the end it turned into the rooster.
Before and After