How to Use Abstract Painting to Calm Nerves.

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

Fear affects us all and participating in my first exhibition in London is something new for me. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I know it’s going to be a long day and probably very warm, if recent eather is anything to go by. 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 and then finding something new happens as a result. You can’t beat it. I’ve said it before that 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.

Here’s the result of my playtime prior to that debut exhibition.

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


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