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Merry Fishmas

The plan:  A wonderful holiday piece of art to let everyone know how much I have appreciated their comments, community, and creativity during the year.

Reality:  I spent way too long running errands, a little time wrapping gifts, and spent  the bulk of the afternoon visiting with my great aunt. I was so tired and worn out that my inner critic was running full steam ahead and I had little energy to combat her.   Does anyone else feel that way this close to Christmas?

The solution:  Intuitive painting for Paint Party Friday.  I’m new to it, but I think I’m hooked.  I just let the paint wash away the stress and my mind focused on the joys around me.  After I finished with the paint I stepped back and saw fish- so a few quick white lines and I had fish.  It isn’t holiday themed. It isn’t perfect.  It is just what I needed.  I wish you a happy, safe, healthy, relaxing, love-filled holiday!

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  • Rosie December 23, 2011, 12:31 am

    And by golly its fish. Lovely

  • mandy at eight is enough December 23, 2011, 1:53 am

    wow wow wow…this is so creative …great inspiration…ie…i wanna try something like this…merry christmas to you and your loved ones…xxx

  • Lisa WrightStuff December 23, 2011, 3:54 am

    This turned out perfectly. I was lucky enough to attend a 3 day workshop with Flora Bowley to learn her techniques for intuitive painting. It really is quite liberating.

  • Timeless Rituals December 23, 2011, 4:19 am

    Lovely one!!
    Happy Holidays!

  • pointypix December 23, 2011, 4:43 am

    Your reality sounds pretty similar to mine (minus the great aunt part!) I love the idea of intuitive painting and I love how you saw fish – it looks like a perfect coral reef scene and a lovely antidote to the cold, grey Irish winter we’re having!

    Happy holidays

  • NatashaMay December 23, 2011, 5:03 am

    Painting is all about what you feel. So if you felt like fish that’s just perfect. 🙂 Happy Holidays! 🙂

  • Cynthia December 23, 2011, 8:12 am

    Awww…love the fish! Happy Fishmas to you too!! 😉

  • Melisa December 23, 2011, 8:14 am

    I love how the little fish magically appeared with a few white lines! This is so cheerful and fun!

  • Valerie-Jael December 23, 2011, 8:41 am

    Love the colours and movement! Valerie

  • EVA December 23, 2011, 9:14 am

    I’m definitely with you as to “reality” (again except for the great aunt part)!

    So good you got to paint and your intuitive fishies are great.

    Hope you and yours have a great Christmas! (Fishmas!)

  • sandy coleman December 23, 2011, 9:20 am

    Merry Fishmas! And Happy Stew Year. 🙂

  • Faye December 23, 2011, 9:36 am

    What a wonderful way to unwind, Carolyn. Your painting is bright and cheerful and I saw the fish even before you added the white lines. Have a happy Christmas!

  • gloria December 23, 2011, 11:25 am

    Great way to relax. Nice job. Happy Holidays!

  • Belinda December 23, 2011, 11:59 am

    Love the colors in this piece! It feels light, happy and safe.

  • JKW December 23, 2011, 12:52 pm

    OMGosh something new to do with paint. Intuitive painting, love it. . . . Thank you for visiting, when I find the yellow cottage and have the chairs, feel welcome to join me. Blessings, Janet PPF

  • KAT December 23, 2011, 1:34 pm

    that was so cool !

    – KAT –

  • Leovi December 23, 2011, 1:48 pm

    An excellent idea, I have been very nice composition that I like have presented the sequence, Greetings.

  • peggy gatto December 23, 2011, 4:09 pm

    Sure looks “fishy” to me!!!!!!
    What fun!!!
    Happy new 2012!

  • Tracey Fletcher King December 23, 2011, 4:35 pm

    reality is all a bit much for me at the moment and my inner critic seems to have moved in…. going to get in and work like a mad thing here this morning, then unwind this afternoon with a little paint to try to get ready mentally for the onslaught… hope it all settles down and that you have a most wonderful holiday season filled with so many good things…xx

  • Christine December 23, 2011, 5:27 pm

    Love the story of your creation, truly inspired! Great job, nice colours.

  • Andrea December 23, 2011, 6:04 pm

    I just started this type of painting too, love it! And I do tend to feel frantic this time of year.

  • Evelyn December 23, 2011, 8:03 pm

    Oh, the piece came alive with the fishes – wonderful!
    Have a great Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.

  • Rita McGregor December 24, 2011, 3:29 am

    And a merry, merry fishmas to you!
    I saw a couple fishy shapes right away in the first picture, too. But then I’ve had fish since I was nine–LOL! Loved how the fish emerged for you…for us. 🙂

  • patsy December 25, 2011, 5:07 am

    Looks like fun! A blessed Christmas to you and your family! Patsy from HeARTworks

  • Nicole December 25, 2011, 8:34 am

    Ohhh I like the fish. The colors are bright and fresh and do take away the stress.
    Happy Christmas

  • Gloria J Zucaro December 26, 2011, 8:29 pm

    Do you feel lost in a crowd? Do you think you should go back to school? Are you trying to cool down? Join us for fishmas! Love your intuition! I think a fish is calling me!

  • Gloria J Zucaro December 26, 2011, 8:31 pm

    Hey, it is really deep! I just realized..the reason for the season. The fish symbol for Christianity!

  • Sheri Cook December 27, 2011, 7:40 am

    LOVE your fishys!
    Wishing you a Happy PPF and wonderful 2012.
    Sheri Cook/Happy Horse Studio