Tuesday, August 3, 2010

love shy.....

Love Shy
mixed media layered resin
8" x 8"
original & giclees available at Etsy

I was really shy growing up.  And it really wasn't until the past few years that I started outgrowing that shyness.  I guess some who know me might still think I'm shy, but now I'm more of an observer.  I take notice of all going on around me. I enjoy watching people talk, and interact.  You can really learn a lot that way. Especially about loving shy and loving big

Now, I've  found that there are two ways to love shy.  The first (and what my new painting is about) is when you fall for someone from a distance...and you're a little nervous to get to know them.  That's a sweet, innocent love, and what I wanted to capture in the painting.  The second type of loving shy...isn't so sweet.  It's actually quite wimpy.  It's when you are too scared not to be in control of your feelings.  So, you hold back.  When you go to hug hold your love back, like not wanting to demonstrate it too much.  It's almost like we're scared to lose some part of ourselves.  I have been guilty of that for years, mostly from being so shy. 

In contrast to someone who loves BIG!  My 80 year old Aunt Catherine and my best friend both love BIG.  You can tell in their hugs.  When I get a hug from either one of's like a huge warm wave just engulfed you.  I feel safe, I feel happy and there is no doubt how much they love me.  It's exhilarating!  They don't think about it when they love big...they just do it.  I am really, really trying to be more conscious of loving big.

One thing I've found is that it's very similar to painting.  

If you paint shows in your work. You second guess yourself and hold back.  The work generally comes out stiff and boring.  Just like when you give those love shy hugs.  And it's easy to be forgotten.  

Loving Big and Painting Big are almost one and the same.  Now, when I say "Paint Big"...I don't mean in terms of size.  I mean in the way you "think" when you paint.  And the key is to really not think at all...or at least too much.  Just do it.  Dive into it just like you were going to give someone a great "Love Big" bear hug!  There's no right way or wrong way.  Just trust yourself and feel the love.  Enjoy it.  Don't think about it.  Don't worry if this color should go here or there...or if this is in proportion to that.  Just feel it and feel the love of what you are creating.  What magically happens is all that love and energy is engulfed into your painting and creation for everyone to experience.  And this I know as fact.

I hope you enjoy the new video.

Remember...don't think about it...just do it...


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  1. I love your owl! He's got the sweetest look on his face!!

  2. How do you get so much emotion and thought into one painting? Simply stunning!

  3. hi sweetie, way to go gal, just luv the colours in this.
    know what you mean about holding back emotions etc, tends to eat you away at times.....
    joan in italy

  4. love this new piece, Wy! I'm so partial to owls. :-) And your videos never cease to amaze me, so full of inspiration and show graciously sharing your methods. In that way, you very much love big . :-)

  5. Oops! Almost forgot to come back and comment!
    I've been watching your video and then looking and longing at you Etsy shop. I Adore your website.
    I am ALWAYS so happy when I see a new post on your blog! It's such a treat and so inspiring!
    XOXO - Cindi

  6. What a beautiful post, Wyanne and I know well what you mean by being shy! I still have problems because of this, but I'm working on it! The owl is adorable, love this painting! Can't wait for the resin class to start!!!:)
    Lots of love, Sanda xoxo

  7. beautiful post and painting! ok, no more shy painting for me...i think! i don't want to be stiff or boring, and i know what you mean by that. i'm going to concentrate on the process and not so much the outcome or forcing it. i'll let you know how it turns out;-)

  8. love love love...
    so happy to have found you today!

  9. The video is adorable.. the owl is made of pure love magic and color.

  10. This video is wonderful and should be watched with little artist friends like children! I want to make one but have never used resin so I will just do it in another technique.
    Thank you so much.
    Tweeted about it!

  11. painting shy, interesting thoughts
    living large - love your concepts here


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