Friday, December 11, 2015

Get up. Get Dressed. Paint: Left brain overdrive!

Painting with Rae Missigman's 15 MINUTES OF MIXED MEDIA proved challenging this week; not the page itself but allowing myself to play.

I can tell when my left brain is in charge, and it certainly was today.  Yesterday was a hard, difficult, frustrating day.  I came home grumpy, in tears; taking a shower as soon as I walked in the door in an attempt to wash it all away.  Obviously it didn't as when I got up my left brain was still in overdrive.


I notice that when the left brain is in charge :
  • things get put away as soon as I am done using them
  • I'm frustrated, gritting teeth
  • always wiping my hands clean with a baby wipes
  • don't pay attention to the music
  • redo things if they are not "perfect"
  • take twice as long to get the page completed
Here my circles weren't "perfect" circles so I traced a circle then recut them before gluing them on the page.
I knew I was doing it and my right brain was screaming "Just leave them" but my left brain argued, "No! They have to be circles!  Her's are circles!"

The carnage: almost everything is put away
Notice how neat it is in comparison to theses past sessions:

The important thing is I showed up and I painted irregardless of whether the experience was as enjoyable as it could be.  I know I will always have to deal with this.  Most left brain people don't allow their right brain out to play, and certainly not painting!  I have a friend who teaches chemistry and she too is struggling with this.  I finally got her to start painting again and she having a blast!  So while it's a struggle, it's possible.

 The H2O pen I used for the India ink is too thick of a brush; I need to get a thinner one as I like using it and want to incorporate it more in my journaling.

Joining Paint Party Friday where having paint under the fingernails is the norm.  What colors are under yours?

Playing along with Carolyn Dube’s Let’s Play.  Won’t you play along with us?


  1. You made a beautiful page in spite of the bad day you had. Have a great weekend and relax, happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

  2. Making art seems to be a necessity when days aren't going well. Love your journal page ins pite for your reservations.

  3. Love your colourful, happy pages.
    Have a great weekend and PPF ♥

  4. awesome journal spread!!! The colors surely hide what you felt and I do hope you feel much better. Happy PPF!

  5. Such a gleeful page on a bad day. Your colors just sing. Happy PPF

  6. Love the energy in those circles and the pages look fabulous. I battle with left and right brain too. Its all a matter of release and let go and start again, like a circle itself. Happy Ppf

  7. For all your struggling or arguing with your self(ves)- you sure produced some beautiful journal pages. Let your right brain tell your left brain that you don't need it right now, that you want some quiet and that you have no intention of it disrupting your play time. Tell it to "take a"

  8. This may be the product of your left brain activity, but it's still stunning! It is very difficult to cut circles free hand without tracing. Sometime a girl needs proper circles! Nothing wrong with that!

  9. What ever it is left or right or middle this turned out beautifully

  10. And in the end...the beauty you created from the crappy day worked out! I hope it overshadowed all the pain of the day!!

    Hugs Giggles

  11. Love that you showed up and let yourself play! Love what you did in your journal! Thanks for sharing with Let's Play!


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