Adventures in Acrylic

To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty.

Osho

I’ve always wanted to paint but haven’t had the courage to pursue it seriously. I said stuff like, “I can’t draw, why would I even paint?”, “I’m not the artistic kind” (not true, by the way), and “I don’t have the equipment to do this.”

Last year, as a result committing to removing clutter in my life, I did a massive recycle-donate-giveaway of my worldly possessions including a lot of my favourite books, clothing and decorative items in our home. I did this mega-cull and ended up actually giving away more stuff than I thought I would that even my hubby “The Frenchman” was surprised, LOL. As a result, when the year 2015 started, I felt lighter, unburdened and found myself psychologically recharged from being having less stuff AND more free space in our apartment!

Something’s Missing

One day, I decided to go to the art store and buy a big easel just to fill the newly-created space in our living room. It sat in the corner, proudly occupying the space around it. As I passed it by everyday, it beckoned me to use it! I ended up returning to the art store, the following week, so I could get paints and brushes. From that day, I started painting and I haven’t stopped! I don’t want to because it’s been so much fun!!!

A Possessed Woman

I became consumed with the desire to just create something, anything, even if I didn’t know what I was doing! I stopped worrying about what I didn’t know and just kept playing! There was an amazing energy that had to be unleashed onto the canvas which led me to messing around with paint: mixing colours, working with different tints, tones and shades. I also played around with different materials like sponges, sticks, stencils, random objects in our home that I thought would create interesting patterns if I dipped them into paint and splattered it onto my canvas.

Raison d’être

I realized that reason I wanted to paint was because I love creating! I enjoy making something beautiful. I want to make something that would cause joy when I (or other people) looked at it. I wanted to share beauty, the kind created by my imagination and translated by my hands.

Atelier xinageco: color-ground canvas ready for acrylic painting
Atelier xinageco: color-ground canvas ready for acrylic painting

The picture above shows my easel surrounded by canvases. Such lively colours were chosen to pay homage to the bright spring light that comes into our home. This natural light energizes me and allows me to see the colours I lovingly put on my canvas 🙂

I feel summer approaching and I’m excited to work on brighter, happier pieces! Even if my favourite paintings to do are about nebulas and the deep, dark vastness of space, this season I am making time to create abstract art that’s light and bright.

Thank you for allowing me to share with you a bit of history and my current artistic journey. NAMASTE!

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