Wow, it felt like I hadn't painted in forever up until this week. Actually, it hadn't been that long, but 2 weeks can be a long time to leave something you love doing.
Yesterday, I had one of those weird painter's highs. Have you ever felt this while creating? I don't mean the fumes got to me or anything, but I just became overcome with joy and creative adrenaline. I was just so happy to be doing what I was doing.
Before I started running, I always thought people were insane when they mentioned having a "Runner's High". But it's that same feeling. It won't make sense until you are there, in the midst of it. But, I can specifically recall a few times I have been on a long run, and despite the fact that I should be extremely tired, I felt a surge of energy and elation as I glided along. It's pretty much the same feeling during my little creative highs, minus all the sweat and exhaustion.
That wonderful feeling had eluded me for a few months now as I've been caught up in the business of moving and leaving a job I had for 6 years. The time I had to create felt crammed in. Not forced, but not free either. I hate looking at the clock and thinking, "Ok, I can paint for one hour...". That is not enough time to immerse myself.
Yesterday, I painted for a good four hours and it was so wonderful to be back in my happy place. Here is the painting I completed, along with a watercolor illustration I did as a commission earlier in the week.
"Tranquility" - 14" x 18" - Oil on canvas
"Dr. Campell" - 11" x 14" - Watercolor on Bristol Board
That's the latest from the Makewells Studio! Happy Friday friends!