Here's my third canvas for Kelly Rae Robert's Mixed Media Mantras e-course. I appreciate that these are mantra paintings and reflect how we're feeling or the messages resounding inside of us at the time. Truth be told, this week has been hard. There have been a couple days where I've just wanted to come home, crawl into a ball, and cry. And maybe I did do that one night. But the last two nights I've decided to write, listen to loud music, and paint instead. The one word mantra that keeps coming back to me this week has been "resilient". I may bend, but I don't break. You know, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger? Yeah, that. I'm grateful for the timing of this class and the inspiration it continues to provide.
During all three canvases I've gone through the following stages: 1) Early on, I grow to love the background - paint, texture, collage - it all seems to work. 2) Despite Kelly Rae's urging to stay unattached, I struggle to circle back and add more for fear I'll mess it up. I keep adding to it and then feel I've gone too far. It's become an ugly mess and I can't imagine how this will evolve. 3) I follow her next steps, let got of expectations, remind myself to enjoy the process, and it comes together. Every time.