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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Creativity Means So Much More Than Just Creating: A Painting for My Uncle

This is a story about how creativity can mean so much more than just paint on paper. But that is how it starts with a paintbrush, paints and some paper.

A while ago I reached for my paints and brushes once again but this time not just for fun, or to improve my painting skills, but to paint something for my Uncle.

My Uncle is in a nursing home and he recently lost his wife, my Auntie. I am not telling you this to get a reaction or make you feel sorry for me but because this is what inspired me to paint.

My Freesia in acrylic paints
This was and probably still is a very unsettling and confusing time for my Uncle. So I wanted to use my creativity to create something that would make him feel at home and have a sense of belonging.

A painting can brighten up a room and help to do just that. But a painting of what? Well, I love creating floral paintings and flowers bring a feeling of serenity. So I chose and painted an image of my Auntie's favourite flower, a Freesia, and that was my creation.

It was around November when I had finished and it was getting close to my Uncle's birthday. So I thought it might be nice to give him the painting as his birthday gift.

On his big day my family went to visit him and celebrate. I presented him with the flower, painted on a small canvas, and he seemed overjoyed. Just seeing the smile on his face gives me a lovely memory and I know I have used what I have been given, my creative talent, to create something wonderful for someone else.
The painting for my Uncle on his
bedroom wall

The painting now hangs on his wall brightening up his room. It makes me happy to think every time he looks at the painting it may bring some comfort to him.

The moral of this story is, even if you aren't an expert in something, use the talent you have or hobby you enjoy, find something to inspire you and make someone smile! Creativity can mean so much more than just creating or improving a skill but if you do learn along the way then that's a bonus. Take control of your creativity and use it to turn a bad situation into a good one.

Be innovative, be creative & be happy.

From flower bud to full bloom - the journey of my painting

Focus: Once I had found the right image of a single Freesia I began to sketch the outline.

Medium: I wanted it to be an impressive piece for my Uncle; acrylics provide depth and they are the medium I am most comfortable painting with so this is what I used.

I found that experimentation with mixing paint is key to finding the right colours to reflect the image; it took me a while to achieve the final colours I used. I also learnt to make enough of your chosen colours as it is difficult to mix the exact same colour again if you run out.

The transformation of my Freesia painting
Technique: When transferring the paint to the canvas I used a splodge motion to create a spottle effect and abstract appearance of the Freesia.


  1. I hope your family are all well, and I'm sorry to hear about your loss. I bet your uncle loves that picture every time he looks at it and you're so talented wow!

    1. Aww thank you Izzy, that's such a lovely comment. I really hope he does :) xx