Change of Mood

Have you ever buried your emotions so deep that you aren't in touch with how you feel at all?  That was me for a very long period of my life.  Learning to paint pictures has helped to release me from that trend.  I can always tell my mood from whatever I have just painted.  Sometimes I can't identify my feelings until a few months pass and I can't look at a piece without feeling uncomfortable...  Like this painting, for example. I loved it when I painted it.

Now I look at it and it's dark and bleak and makes me feel uncomfortable.  It was painted at the time my mood was actually changing and becoming more positive and happy - can you see how the sun is trying to break through the clouds in the painting?


Dark, bleak, dreary - ugh!  The best part about being an artist is the ability to change your work at will.  That is precisely what I did today.  I adore the fall and the brilliant colours of nature.  Here is my new painting, now of a soft, autumn morning and I'm so in love with this piece now!!!!





BEFORE

AFTER

My heart is happy. Painting pictures helps me to release emotions and move on.  To create a work of art requires absolute focus and that focus takes your mind off everything.  When I have finished a piece, I feel amazing.  It happens time after time and it is a much better option than writing in a journal.  Writing down whatever happened just makes you focus more on the situation and keep reliving it.  Finding something to distract you from what happened breaks the hold it has on you.  I highly recommend painting pictures as a mood boosting technique.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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43 comments:

  1. Anne,
    Beautiful paintings! I am going to give this a try soon!
    xx
    Anne

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  2. Anne your paintings are amazing! Maybe I should try this, sometimes I feel I have so many emotions bottled up inside of me that I might just pop!
    Cas x

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  3. What a gorgeous painting...just love your artwork!!

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  4. I love your paintings! I'm liking that you changed it for fall!

    --Katie

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  5. Oh Anne, the painting is beautiful...just as your beautiful soul...you are such an amazing talent and I am so glad that you are able to change the painting with the change in your heart...I am glad that you find painting as something that makes you happy now and the pain is behind you....
    Have a wonderful weekend Anne! :)

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  6. Anne,
    I love the transformation of this painting! The autumn landscape is lovely!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  7. Great to see your emotion in your paintings. :) Gorgeous!

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  8. Happiness transpires from the warm tones and especially that wonderful open sky, full of promise!

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  9. I love the fall colors (even though I live in FL and can't enjoy them). The transformation in the mood of your painting just by changing the colors is amazing. I love your results!

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  10. I like how you're able to alter your paintings to reflect your moods. I like both paintings and the contrasts they show.

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  11. Yep have bottled up emotions before ~ still some residual and 'intuitive painting helps' ~ Great paintings both of them before and after ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  12. Gosh what a difference in mood color can make!! Such a good lesson here. Happy PPF

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  13. beautiful landscapes, too bad the first one's gone now, but if you are in a happier place, it's worth it!

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  14. Great advice! I actually like them both. I loved the sky in the first one! The fall colors are definately lively and happier! glad you are feeling more upbeat! HPPF!

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  15. They are both lovely, full of the colors of nature, I can almost smell these landscapes, great work!

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  16. Beautiful! I like them both, but then, I love me a gray, stormy sky.
    It is easy to see how your mood is uplifted in the second painting.

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  17. I do like both versions but loved the sky in the first one... nice that you are happier now... love that art transforms lives like that...xx

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  18. Such a powerful post! I find my art lets me process emotions too- and that it directly reflects my mood. I love that you took one mood and turned it into another!

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  19. they are both beautiful because they reflect the beauty of you!

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  20. Both paintings are beautiful, even the first one doesn't look at all bleak on my screen, but lovely, with the fresh green trees and the sun just breaking out! But the change to autumn colors is wonderful! HPPF!

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  21. so cool how you transformed this. lovely painting! happy PPF.

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  22. Hello dear Anne,
    I love the before and after. My first impression of the first one was that the sun was breaking through, so it was a positive feeling.
    I love Autumn, too, so the after is really beautiful and such a happy painting.
    Good for you that you have this release.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  23. I couldn't agree with you more. Art is truly a blessing. Have a great week.

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  24. I wish I could see this better but my monitor's color isn't working right at the moment. But I agree with you on how painting and drawing can really release the stress and help ones mood and show what moods we are in at the moment. HPPF

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  25. I used to paint but wasn't very good so I threw away all my creations!

    I loved the process and maybe could go back to it now - you've inspired me!

    Your paintings - both moody and happy - are amazing!
    Kelly

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  26. Your work is so painterly and alive! And i like the way you transformed them into rich, glowing oranges. I do that too in my art. You might like to share yours on Mandarin Orange Monday (opens again tonight).Thanks for visiting:)

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  27. Although I love the way you changed it- the original still had lots of power too. Isn't being an artist just the BEST?

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  28. I love a happy mood and autumn as well!! I love the contrast in painting and think it would make a fantastic series!! Very beautiful work!! Love how you describe those feelings!! Thanks for sharing such an intimate side of yourself and your work!! Can't to see what your third piece might be!

    Hugs Giggles fellow B.C.er

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  29. i like them both equally! i think the first one is just as inspiring as the second... we all have dark times and thunderstorms in our lives and wait for that sunshine to peek through! xo

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  30. I've wanted to try painting, but haven't done so yet. Call it procrastination, call it not having ever had that skill, call it time to change all of that! :)
    -Karen

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  31. Anne! I love your paintings! They're both so pretty, but I can definitely see how the second one is brighter and happier than the first one. Love the colours in the autumn sky :-)

    I love painting :-) I haven't had a chance to paint over the summer (just did one for my mom #2), but I have something in mind that I want to do. I think I'll give it a shot today - thanks for the inspiration :-)

    Good to hear that your mood is brighter now :-)

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  32. It is gorgeous either way...but seeing the change side by side...the new one is full of happiness.

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  33. Oh, wow! Such powerful images. Beautiful, as well. I love that you're brave enough to take gorgeous work and completely change it into something else altogether. I'd be afraid to let the original go!

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  34. You are an incredible artist, Anne! What a great way to release emotion and move on.
    Mary Alice

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  35. Both are very pretty, Anne! Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

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  36. This post is just perfect for me today ... such a great reminder to do what inspires you to let your emotions run free!!
    The updates with reds and colors of fall is just perfect. :)

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  37. "If winter comes, can spring be far behind?"
    I love both the paintings and agree that painting does help us deal with life better. I had some bad phase and painted weird, grimacing faces... :)

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  38. love the change from cool and cloudy to a warm autumn day.

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  39. You know, Anne, the moment I looked at your first painting I saw hope shining through clouds. From a spiritual viewpoint I see the light of love and truth that God shines into the darkness of the world. Very powerful. Just sayin'. Your second piece is, indeed, filled with joy. You are talented and it's wonderful that you can express yourself this way. God bless you.

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  40. Anne, what an artist you are. These painting are beautiful!


    Jody

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  41. I am so happy that your heart is happy! You give so much joy to others :)

    You have the sweetest spirit!

    Have a great day rock star!
    karianne

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