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{Doodle Calm Thoughts: 2/21} Playing with Color

{I've made a commitment to put ME first on my "to-do" list so I can calm my thoughts while tapping into my creativity for the next 21 days. Read why I'm doing this here.  And if you wanna join me in the calming fun, come on over to my Facebook page and share what's happening for you and post pictures of your doodles, too!}

Day 2!  Hooray!

While D was giving C her bath last night, I ran into my closet, grabbed my canvas, drop cloth and paints and quickly set everything up on the dining room table.

I don't have a space that's geared just for creating, so right now it's all done on the kitchen table.

I have to keep everything hidden away because once C see's it, she wants to dig into it all.  So my paints have to stay put away.

She has her own that we leave out in the kitchen in a bin, but mine, yep, mine...have to stay hidden for just a bit...well, until she gets older and doesn't want anything to do with what her mommy is doing. ;)

It's nice to be able to set everything up before she goes to bed because as soon as she's down for the night, I can go right to the table and immediately begin melting away my stress with color.  

Once sitting down last night, I had the intention of painting smaller flowers (with love hearts in the middle) similiar to what I painted on Day 1.

But as I began to paint, my right-brain took me beyond what I originally thought I wanted.

While painting, I thought I'd paint the big flowers purple and blend some yellow in the petals.  

And I'd do the opposite with the yellow flowers by blending some dark purple in them.  

The purple flowers came out great.  The yellow one's...not so much.

When I added the dark purple to the yellow, it began to look blackish.  I wasn't feeling CALM with that choice.  

And because of that, I started to play with the colors.  (I LOVELOVELOVE doing this!!)

I blended pink, green, yellow and white.

Before I knew it, an hour had gone by and I had an entire new painting sitting in front of me.

And that's what I truly love about painting...mindlessly. As soon as I blend colors and swirl them around with my brush on the canvas, all my stress and worries literally melt away.  

I love how it makes me feel like a kid again.

And most importantly, I love how it brings me into the present moment.  I realized last night that this is the ONLY activity I've done in YEARS where I haven't continued to keep digging my head into books and reading articles on different painting techniques so I could do it "right."

I do that with EVERYTHING.  The main reason why I haven't continued to expand my knowledge on different ways to paint is because my brain is FRIED!  I can't read anything more.

When I sit down, I just connect with what FEELS calming to me.  I knew that painting Flower Love the night before this was SO relaxing for me.  So I knew I wanted to paint flowers again last night when I sat down in front of my blank canvas.

I don't paint or doodle with any rules and expectations and that's why I feel SO relaxed.  Amazing how letting go of "rules" and "the way it should be" creates so much FUN!

As for today, I feel more calm, but my lovely dog tested me again at lunch.  I heated up two slices of homemade pizza...one fell on the floor right under my feet and he came running over (NOT listening to me to stop) and grabbed it and scarfed it down like a vacuum while it was SUPER hot!!  Yep...I was furious...not upset that he ate the food...upset that he just doesn't want to listen to me.

I did, however, feel that I calmed down and focused on how I was feeling in the moment more than I ever have before.

And I know it's because I'm balancing my thoughts with mindless-creative activity.  I just know it!

Until next time...

{life IS colorful}

:: And if you wanna join in the fun, come on over to Facebook and tell me how doodling is helping you and post a pic of your doodles, too! I'd love to see them! OH, and feel free to use my painting as guide, too.  Just be sure to give me the credit since it's my original. Thanks! :)  ::

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