UnlearnIf you've been reading my blog for a long time you might remember that I used to paint... a whole lot. Painting was actually the biggest part of my business for a few years. Some of my happiest memories from the first year of dating Jeremy are of me making big paintings while he recorded songs in the room beside me. It was a huge part of my life and then one day I stopped. This is a story about that... 

I started making paintings while I still had a full time design job. It became my passion and I spent more and more hours in my little home studio painting new pieces. I gave them to my friends, hung them alllll over my loft and eventually began to sell them in an Etsy shop. When we opened our first Red Velvet online (and local) shop my paintings were a huge part of the inventory. We sold them almost every day, which meant I was painting constantly for a few years. I tried some experimental paintings, but there was a certain style that consistently sold to my customers so I spent a lot of time developing those pieces. Jeremy reminded me recently that in those days I would sometimes pressure myself to stay up all night and finish as many as 10 paintings in a day. It was extreme, but my business was still gaining it's footing and we had bills to pay. 

I was (and still am) proud of my work. It was a good time and I learned a lot. It was a good season to learn how much I could accomplish with good time management and disipline. Eventually the business became more profitable and some new forms of income took a lot of pressure off me to paint. I needed a little break, so I took one. Breaks are good and in the meantime I tried out some other creative opportunities like designing dresses and teaching.

My break lasted more than a year before Emma started to patiently (and sometimes not-so-patiently) remind me that people were still e-mailing and asking about paintings on a weekly basis. I wanted to change up my style, but didn't quite know where to begin. In the past year I tried, many times, to start a new painting only to leave it on the shelf half finished. 

Fast forward to last night when I dropped my husband off for another tour and then drove straight to Michael's to buy new painting supplies. I am making it my personal mission to develop a new painting style that I fully love while he is away. I feel ready. I feel excited

I am determined to start painting again, even if it's just for fun! I miss the experience so badly. I just wanted to post this little blog to encourage any of you who feel stuck in a "style rut." Sometimes it's healthy to take some time to unlearn everything and give yourself a fresh start! xo, elsie 


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