Painting Flowers: How I Slow Down My Brain

With an active one year old and a homeschooling 11 year old with me all day everyday, I really appreciate the time I get to paint! I make sure that I get some quiet time for myself every afternoon so that I can slow my brain and my body down and rest.  

original watercolor flower paintings by Elise Engh
Slowing my mind down is not an easy thing for me to do.  I tend to think far into the future so that I can plan ahead, but that leads to me worrying more than I should.  So that's where painting helps my wired brain.  Painting forces me to focus on the present.  I love watching wet paint spread and mix on paper! It's so satisfying! I experience childlike wonder every time I pick up a paintbrush.

Here are some of the paintings that came out my quiet time over the past few months.  Lots and lots of flower paintings- all in different styles too! My brain loves exploring new ways to create!


  1. Those are so pretty and I'm so glad you have painting as your refuge! Painting definitely doesn't do that for me, but running does! :)

  2. Beautiful flowers. I am not a painter, not yet anyway, but I am a crafter and I am so very glad I am in these times, doing something you like every day, makes it seem just a wee bit normal. Stay safe and well.


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