This weekend I was hit with a bad case of the blues. Sometimes we just get into bad ruts and can’t escape until we accept the situation and make it productive. One thing I love to do when I’m in a bad mood is paint. I feel like the imperfection of the emotions inside really helps to make something beautiful and meaningful. I think I make the best art when I’m not trying too hard.
Anyway, here’s a little something I painted this weekend while I was in a bad mood. This transformed so many times. I started by painting the mint green stripe/patterned background and then painted the Coldplay lyric “How long must we wait for it?” on it. After that I drew a bunch of angry red and purple blood like swirly shapes because I was pissed off. Then I started painting this big black tree right in the middle over everything because I don’t know I was feeling like an over dramatic teenager, that tree was soon followed by a big fat skull. By this point most of the words were covered completely and the whole thing looked a bit of a mess. Somewhere in this realization I decided to make my ugly and sad skull into a pretty and positive sugar skull, used to symbolize happiness and rebirth in death in Mexican culture. I figured this would make a great cliche and overdramatic metaphor so I ran with it. A bit of marker later and I was done. I feel like making things is a great way to get rid of negative energy and bad feelings during rough times. Try it next time you’re feeling bad!
I only photographed a bit of the progression so here’s that:
I challenge you to get creative next time you feel like crap.