Using Abstract painting to calm nerves.

With less than 24 hours to my London debut on The Mall I’m a little nervous…

It’s something new, I don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s going to be a long day and probably very warm…

You get the picture! In these situation I find activity helps.

So I’ve been calming my nerves with some abstracts.

Working on expression and nothing else is remarkably liberating. Allowing yourself to make mistakes but then finding something new as a result. I’ve said it before “play” is vastly misunderstood and under appreciated.

Play is when discoveries are made!

Play is the purest form of experimentation. Sure you may then repeat the process to try and reproduce your results.

But you would never know what to repeat without playing in the first place!

Finally, and most importantly, play is calming.

In order to play you must be distracted by something. And if you’re distracted, you’re not worrying.

And here’s the result of my playtime.

©2013 - Cathy Read - Cosmic Search - Watercolour and Acrylic - 40 x 30 cm
©2013 – Cathy Read – Cosmic Search – Watercolour and Acrylic – 40 x 30 cm

Now, I’m pretty sure I’m doing something tomorrow. What was it?… Oh yes, I remember!

So, what do you do to calm your nerves?


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