Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Big Magic!

Last Thursday night, I was lucky enough to see one of my favourite authors, Elizabeth Gilbert, and one of my fave bloggers, Mia Freedman speak at the Brisbane Writer's Festival.

One thing that really stood out (among many things!) was when she said:

"People wait their whole lives for inspiration to show up. But inspiration is there waiting for you (to start doing the work)."

This is how I feel about painting. I can sit an look and think about a blank canvas all day long, and no matter what I have planned for it, once I begin to paint - it has a mind of it's own.

For instance - I recently started out painting a "Day of the Dead" themed mermaid. I had it sketched out, planned out and started painting it on to the canvas. However...as it evolved, I realised what I was actually painting was "Snow White"...and along came the seven dwarfs with her. Except they weren't dwarfs at all - they were fish. Which eventually turned out to be "Snow White and the Seven Fish" (and the original painting is now up for auction, starting at $1 here!)

"Ice Cream Fantasy" Original Painting by Jaz  Higgins

There is a sense of mystery when it comes to inspiration and creativity - you just have to follow that little niggling of curiosity and see where you end up! If you're excited about living creatively - I highly recommend Elizabeth Gilbert's book "Big Magic" (and no, this isn't a sponsored post, I truly loved it.)

With Easter coming up - I've put five of my bunny themed prints up for sale for a limited time only they are just $9.99 (normally $14.99)!

For the collectors, I have a bunch of original paintings available here. Be quick! There is only one original painting of each, so once they're sold, they're gone.

That is all from me for now. x

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