Painting Ideas: Planning or Playing?

A guest post by Carolyn Dube


I find great comfort in having a plan. Being able to plan has served me well in so many areas of my life, except one–creativity. Today, my muse reminded of the pure joy and freedom of not having a plan or any goal when making art.

This scrap of paper with scribbled colored pencil was the remnants of another project. And that neon green?  Leftover paint on my brush. Nothing important. Nothing fancy. Nothing inspiring.

But it was a place to play and explore.

A bit of stencil play with Nature’s Promise by Roxanne Evans Stout led me here.

No plan, no attempt to control outcomes, no judgement. Just experimentation and play.

As I finished her up, I wanted a word at the bottom. What word? Sing? Fly? I turned to my old books and began skimming pages for a word that felt right.

The moment I read this phrase, I knew it belonged glued to the canvas board.

Then I realized the message on it was for me. I had to admit to myself that I have been so focused on my to-do lists lately that I have not made my play time a priority. Thank you muse for reminding me of the joy of letting go of expectations, of plans, of controlling outcomes!


Carolyn Dube is an art adventurer and educator. Get in touch with the creativity inside yourself as she inspires with entertaining tutorials that invite you to play and laugh along side her. Join Carolyn on her blog, A Colorful Journey, on Facebook, and at Google+. Her stencils are available at StencilGirl Products.

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