Wednesday, April 18, 2012

what IF and little bird on a branch...

This ended up being far more collage than anything,
but it was still fun to do
and such a relaxing way for me
to end the day.

That's my new motto. 

Is it fun?
Then do it!

Does it help make the day just a little better?

We spend far too much time
justifying art.

It is what it is
and if it makes you happy -
do it.

So i spent over an hour last night
in my little blue room,
with good music,
a glass of wine on the left
and brush water on the right ;-)
and I played.

I've realized in the past year or so
how essential this playtime is for me.

Twyla Tharp calls it The creative habit.

I sometimes call it play but in reality, it's work.

It is my life's work
and it is no less important
than anyone else's life work.

And sometimes...
while painting and collaging...

when your mind is free,
and you no longer hear the chatter

you may even find answers
to some of your own questions.

little bird wishes you all a wonderful day...
filled with more color than you can handle.


  1. I love seeing you play so many different ways and still it feels like its your style. You're right, we should be having fun with this, sometimes that can be so easily forgotten. And now I'm off to play! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. More colour than I can handle?! That sounds AMAZING! I say yes please to that! And also sending much love and healing vibes to you and your mum. xoxox

  3. Ha--I *knew* I should've posted my WIP has"What If?" written all over it! Great minds, and all that. I LOVE yours better!!!

  4. I love your "What If" page! All absorbed in checking out the details in the pictures...and then--"Little Bird"! How utterly delicious! Oozing yellow charm.
    Loved them both. Having a creative time habit is working well for you, that's for sure. :)

  5. I feel encouraged every time I stop by here. :-)

  6. Wow! I love your page! Thanks for joining Artists in Blogland :)

    Marcia, your newest follower

  7. Awww.... sweet, love this!
    Your collage is a great visual of your wonderful story about, "what if ?" :]

  8. Hello Pauline, so fresh and true, so happy to see your fun piece and yes it's so great to just play have have fun, we need it, that time for us, when all else is still and our minds quieten down!

  9. Your collage and little bird are very different yet equally as creative and colorful ~thanks for sharing, namaste, ^_^ Happy PPF ^_^

  10. I'm with you on this. Art is and should always be fun! You should join us in the Messy Book Group - we're getting right into the spirit of it!

    I talk about it on my blog post for PPF -

    We're learning that sometimes art must become mess before it can become art again (but sometimes it's just mess).

  11. Toatlly gorgeous post..beautiful art and insightful wisdom..well said !art it pure magic..and creating it is.. blissful!

  12. Very good philosophy of life, and very good creations. If you enjoy something you can never be good. Saludo

  13. Oh great collage and I love the little birdie too! Kim

  14. Love both your collages and your little bird painting is totally delightful. Happy PPF and enjoy the weekend. Annette x

  15. Great collage work! 'Love your use of color. I agree; we need to create and there is no need to justify it or worry what others think. I'm having more fun then ever with my art since I embraced collage. It's inspiring so much creativity for me.

  16. Your posts are always so motivating and inspiring!
    Love all of these...especially the details and whimsy in the second image!!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  17. Playing with wine at side sounds like very very important work to me, and don't let anyone else tell you otherwise... I love the little birdy and yes my day is overflowing with colour thank you very much...xx

  18. i loved seeing the before and after of this wonderful journal page. great textures and layers. and the little bird with the lovely greeting is sooo sweet! happy PPF and thank you for sharing,
    hugs, peggy aplSEEDS

  19. Looks like you were having a great time with this, no matter what you choose to call it. Love the little bird, he's fantastic.

  20. Oh!! This is brilliant! It is bright and colorful and I love seeing the progression of the page. xo

  21. Wow so impressive...Love your collage and sage advice!! Sending this post to my suppressed artist friend!! Thanks for the inspiration!! Happy ppf!

    What if I didn't stop by here?
    I would have missed a great thing!!

    Hugs Giggles

  22. Beautiful collage! Loved the details... the bird illo is too cute:)

  23. Your words have so much meaning for me. I love both your collage and your bird painting. Both different but both carrying such important sentiments. Have a wonderful weekend.

  24. Thank you all SO MUCH for the comments. I finally have 2 minutes to myself. I think it's so important for artists to support & encourage one another and i want you ALL to know how grateful I am that you all take the time to send me some loooove. :-) xoxo

  25. Love these pictures and the thoughts behind them! Happy PPF!

  26. You have the ability to turn your hand at any form you try.

  27. Another beautiful girl!
    "What if" is an intriguing question...

  28. LOVE how this page turned out, very funky & lovely ponderings :) x