Motherhood, Art, Creative Play, and Finding Joy in Everyday Life

The Downtown Painting

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downtown painting

Here is my final version of the painting I did to raise money for Art Van. I have to admit, this subject matter was quite a distance out of my comfort zone. Though I have painted architectural scenes in the past as assignments in college, they are not where I feel the most confident. I tend to gravitate toward more free-flowing, organic lines, and my subject matter is more likely to be a nude figure, or an ocean landscape than a row of buildings. I tried to remind myself not to get caught up in realism, and to keep it “painterly”.

downtown-detail 2
downtown-detail 1
Being a part of this was a terrific thing for me, despite the discomfort that came with stepping out of my usual realm. First of all, it got me painting again, during a time when I keep finding myself pushing my art aside. I had a deadline, so I could not do that. Second, it will be hanging in a public space, so I was forced to take care, and give this piece attention. I had to actually put work into it. Third, and perhaps, most importantly, it reminded me of who I am. I am an artist, and I often allow myself to forget that. As I worked on this painting for the final time, putting my brush to the painting surface, I went from a place of questioning into a place that was very zen. I got to thinking “Oh, yes, this is what I do.” Art making, for me, after a long time away, feels like returning home.

Making a conscious effort to make time for my art is something I need to work on. Creating art is important to me, it is more than just a hobby, it a part of what makes me feel centered and complete.

I look forward to seeing what the other two artists came up with. As soon as all three parts of the triptych are hung together, I will take photos and share them.


Author: thismummaslife

I am a Mumma, Wife and part-time Assistant Children's Librarian. I want this blog to be a collection of moments from daily life that may inspire or be relatable. Please feel free to leave me comments, thoughts, feedback or stories from your own life.

One thought on “The Downtown Painting

  1. I LOVE your painting! I love the style and the feel and the colors are awesome! Great job! Looking forward to seeing the others and more from YOU!!!

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