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Jun 13, 2016

The Eye of the Storm

Peace is my destination, but all around me chaos stirs. I long to break-away. To a place where my mind can rest from the journey of life and my heart can pour itself out.

It doesn't matter what or how. I have to let it flow out of me.

I've been putting it on canvas. I'm a novice, but I don't care. I love the colors, the new techniques, the occupied mind. It's like a little detour -- just for a while. 

I need to rejuvenate and feel new, fresh, alive again. 

These were the first two offerings in the eye of my storm.

My first time with oils, and my first time with the palette knives. They're not perfect, but they're not bad for a newbie. 

Maybe painting will become my retreat like the classical guitar used to be. My heart would escape through the movement of the strings and stir the soul.

In the mean time I will practise painting some more. 

Have a good week everyone!

Leonid Afremov: pallette knife techniques


  1. It is wonderful that you have a way to express what you want in life Carmen. The colours are amazing and I look forward to seeing more of your art

    Love Chrissie xx

    1. Thanks! I've done a 3rd one now, and I'm so enjoying it!

  2. Wow. These are marvelous. They have so much depth and feeling. I love the colours and the contrasts between dark and light. hugs, Teresa

  3. These are beautiful! Love them both but the second one is my favorite! You are sooo talented! They are both so pretty and colorful! Look forward to seeing what you do in the future! :)

  4. They're both beautiful, Carmen. How well I understand that need for a creative outlet amidst the chaos that is this life.


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