New Things | Defining Moments

Catherine Mizell Art

"Behold, I am doing a new thing, now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:19

On Monday, February 20, 2017, I had a defining moment occur: the moment I began my online art presence. 

This is a new adventure and I'm not sure where it will take me, but I'm hanging on for the ride!

I've been a graphic designer for the last 10 years and while I've created art throughout my life, I decided the time was now to actively pursue art in a new direction that I had not gone before. 

So was this a big moment? A little moment? An in-between moment? 

I know it was big for me, and I'm so excited for what the future holds. Life is all about moments, and sometimes even the smallest moments can take up mansions in our memories. It's funny how life works like that. 

That's the thing that I love and find so comforting in the process of creating art – it's all about moments. Those special moments of preparing your work space, fumbling around with your paints, choosing colors, not choosing colors, washing your brushes and staring, sometimes bewildered, at a blank canvas that just isn't ready to be disturbed. Wandering the aisles of the craft store for the perfect color, mixing your paints to make a new color... hoping the tiniest bristles of your brush will deliver the strokes you need to make. 

And then the first moment of putting color down, dragging and pushing the brush along the canvas. Where is it going? What will it be? Will it go according to plan, or will you have something entirely new at the end? When does it end, exactly?

And then there is the Feeling you get eventually, though it may take days or weeks of painting and revisions, and only until you have that Feeling, is the painting finished. 


And within a painting, wow, there are so many moments! I love to find moments within my paintings, compositions or details if you will, inside the composition of the painting itself. 

Below are a few of my favorite moments within my two current collections of Large & Small Bouquet Paintings. 

I hope you find them inspiring, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend with some relaxation, maybe get some things done around the house, maybe try a new creative activity, maybe even take a few minutes to make your own moment. 


Detail / Moment from Peony Splash Bouquet

Detail / Moment from Canterbury Bouquet

Detail / Moment from Eleganza Bouquet

Detail / Moment from Wonderland Bouquet