Getting Creative

have been busy recently. Sorting out directions, developing hobbies and working on feeling good.
A few weeks ago, I started working on being creative. This is what I did:
We once bought hideous photographs of Paris, they were printed straight on canvas and weren’t particularly good. So I decided to practice abstract painting. I found left over paint samples and developed these three pieces of art. I’m not completely happy with the results but I’m proud of myself for starting to decorate with my own work and having enough confidence to think that my art should be displayed on a wall. Even if that wall is mine.
A few months ago, I came across a battered sketchbook. The paper inside was excellent AND it was on sale for $4. Usually retailing for around $20, it was a steal and I needed it! The ugliness was hard to get over. So one day I just started throwing paint on it until it developed into this. I love it. It’s the first time I’ve mixed paints since I was in high school. One of my biggest limitations is the fear that I’ll get it wrong. After redecorating this sketchbook, I felt confident. This helped me get over my fear of “ruining” something, getting wrong or being embarrassed.
This was so much fun. I was having a stressful day. I took time out to paint the envelope of an important document being sent to a friend. It was so cathartic. It was the first time I’d played with paints since high school. The envelope developed further but not before I wrote out her full address! Eek! So, consider this a sneak peek until I able to edit the photo.
This developed into this:
It still needs work but I’m loving how it’s turned out.
I have been so busy with work (opening night, tonight!), so having a creative outlet has helped me manage stress (and overeating). What do you do to manage stress?

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