Painting feels like my truest, most expansive space.

And painting water-themed subjects, as I’m doing with my current water series, seems to take me deeper into this realm. I’m happy to introduce you to my most recently completed oil on canvas. I have entitled it “Ripple Effect.”

I’m becoming so lost (in the best sense) when I’m painting water scenes that I’ve scheduled another trip down to Puglia. Here, in the heel of Italy, the turquoise waters, the cliffs, the swimmers, and the divers inspire me. The last time I was there (almost eight years ago), I was inspired to paint “Fluidity” (read the post about its creation here). And last time, I was there primarily to vacation with my sister and brother-in-law. Capturing water scenes was low in priority. Yet, who knew that this very trip would ferment for these last several years to give birth to “Fluidity” and “Ripple Effect?”

Find balance and equanimity

I’ve spent a lifetime trying to slip away from the clutches of an overactive thinking and analytical mind. You know, a thing that starts good and has benefits. Then it becomes an all-encompassing prison that flattens out the experiences of life. Life thus becomes dominated by judgments, stories, and problems to be solved. I’ve spent my fair share of time in psychotherapy trying to understand how and why I’m wired like I am. It’s been helpful to open the metaphorical blinds of my being and enable me to look out and see that life (and thinking) as it was didn’t have to remain that way.

And the best anecdote has been sitting in my lap all the time, painting and creating. Painting transports me away from that chatty neurotic left brain and into the expanse and timelessness of my creative right brain. I have my dear Momma Liz to thank for this gift. Now, I resolve to lean into it more and more.

Take a”Ripple Effect” start-to-finish journey with me.

I regularly watch videos of other artists at work. I love (and learn from) seeing their “hands” and their techniques. Ultimately, each artist settles into their own groove, their own flow.

So, with that said, I invite you to watch the following thirty-second video! (Be sure to adjust your playback resolution to its highest resolution for best viewing!)