Paint Your Mind

Cathartic / Ca·thar·tic [kuhthar-tik] / Adjective: providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions; art is a cathartic release.

This piece of art was inspired by Jackson Pollock and Pablo Picasso. I’ve been dreaming this image for a while now and I finally made the time to put it on canvas. Painting outside last night was not smart. I have approximately seven bug bites on my feet and this morning I had to pick a mosquito off of my painting. Little idiot dried to the paint…:P I don’t know what it is, but that’s the beauty of abstract… it doesn’t need to make sense.

It’s also very cathartic and therapeutic. You don’t have to be an “artist” to make art. Just go find a cheap canvas and get to work on it. Creativity in all its forms is expression regardless of content. Art can take seconds or hours. Be creative and make something from your heart. That’s art, even if it’s just a red line down a white canvas.

I went to Pat Catan’s Craft Center and purchased six tubes of paint: red, yellow, blue, white, black, and purple, two larger brushes (I already have medium and small ones at home), and a 18×24 inch canvas if I remember correctly. I laid out some newspaper in my grass and just went crazy. I had a small idea of what I wanted it to look like in the beginning, but by the end, I took random twists on it.

There is no formula to creating artwork. In the end, it’s all just about enjoying yourself. Paint your mind and see what kind of interesting things come to life.

Here is my before and after:

Another thing I did to create this piece was not limit myself to only paintbrushes. So many cool textures and effects can be added to a painting through the use of simple household objects. Fingers, palette knives, rulers, combs, sponges, the other end of the brush, tooth picks, rags, toothbrushes, crumbled paper, forks, feathers, yarn, marbles, pinecones, potato or apple prints, twigs, leaves, dish scrubber, mini car wheels, cookie cutters, corks, bath loofahs, doilies, coins, straws, masking tape, paint and water in a spray bottle…and the list goes on and on.

In addition to painting, I also watched Titanic for the first time! I know, I know I’m insane for never having watched it. My friends like to call me “the movie virgin” because I haven’t seen an endless list of movies, mainly consisting of classics like Titanic. The movie was really good, but I feel weird saying I liked it because of the heavy topic. It was extremely sad and I did find myself crying.

To wrap this post up, I’m going to say two things: go make some art and I hope rich people aren’t as snobby as they were back then!

Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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