Thursday, October 25, 2012

Autumn Reflections on Bravery



This is my second tentative step into the blogosphere with this particular blog. (I used to blog fairly regularly under another domain name.) I feel ambivalent about this step, wanting to post yet feeling tender toward this particular picture and therefore wanting to protect it. It's a fragile little thing, a fairly quick painting that will end up in my art journal. I must confess I'm not 100% pleased with the result. The camera did wonders for brightening up the colors.

Yet I want to post it, and I do so for a few reasons. First of all, I want my blog to be about process, not product. I want to celebrate the enjoyment of creating as well as the quirky, "imperfect" creations that emerge. Secondly, this blog is about bravery. I am a recovering perfectionist, and posting this little picture is a stretch for me, a step into vulnerability. Thirdly, I just want to post! This blog is just a baby, and for it to grow and develop, I want to embrace my humbling beginnings and just go for it. (And honestly, at this point my blog is only known to a few close souls, so I feel safe in posting.)

So here we go! Autumn is, for me, largely about change and reflection. This painting and the posting of it celebrate both.