The contemplation of beauty is restorative. I am welcoming a spirit of playful curiosity, lightheartedness and joy into my creative pursuits.
I have not been posting very regularly. Busy with exhibitions, submissions and getting a new website sorted. Really happy to be back in my studio making new work. The more consistent I am with my practice the more ideas I have. Lately, I have been positively brimming and there are many projects and plans on the go. I have to remember that for those times when I feel stuck and flat. It’s cyclical.
The other night my 8 year old daughter was crying her heart out. Why? because the gifts she wants to buy for her school friends and her family cost so much money and she only has $14. She has such a generous soul. I tried to calm her down. I told her that this holiday season is not about how many gifts you get. I told her that we would be happy with something she made, like a picture or a beaded bracelet or a poem. She looked at me slightly disbelieving…I said “Let’s just go for a walk and collect some pine cones and put some glitter on them, maybe bake some cookies and paint some pictures.” The hypnotic spell of consumerism is so strong. I suggested we bring some baby formula and canned food items to our local food bank. Nature is my antidote to shopping.
Similar palettes but different execution of forms and material. Working on a few different paintings at once. That is how I roll. I like the variety and contrast. It has not always been that way with my art practice. I had a mentor who insisted we work on one piece at a time until completion. Sometimes I would be working on the same reproduction of an old master for months, In particular I remember working on Albrecht Durer’s self portrait in prismacolour…. I like this better:)
I am at a party and somebody asks me what I do. Do I tell them what I do all day? (housework, errands, childcare and lots of painting, drawing and preparing for submissions and shows, marketing, calling and other administrative things) Or are they asking me what I am? Can I even separate that? I say I am an artist. Next question is usually, what kind of art do you do. ha ha ha, well I am all over the place. I paint, I draw, I use all mediums. I am always learning and pushing myself. Well, what is your style, do you paint landscapes or pet portraits? I do have a style that is mine but I am so close to it that it is sometimes hard to articulate what makes it my own. When I look back at the past year I see abstract designs, repeating leaf motifs, washy watery arcs and scallops, moody watercolour portraits. Large scale abstract paintings. Oil landscapes. Collages. Line drawings. Just click on my gallery and you will see.
Hey, I have been feeling a little overwhelmed with visual stimulation. I need a break from my device and scrolling through all the beautiful little squares. It’s time to refocus, recalibrate and make my art. Disciplined little mini projects, my larger oil paintings and my sketchbooks all need more attention. Not to mention my real life! I know how this happens. I fully participate in the social media thrill of liking and being liked. I have made genuine connections with lovely and supportive people. But all the commenting and replying is really time consuming. Any thoughts on this?
I have decided to start a series of mini projects. My first one will be to illustrate/sketch objects that I interact with everyday. I am not sure what to choose, maybe I need to narrow it down to an activity or room. An activity could be grocery shopping, so wallet, keys, bags, products etc… or room could be bathroom, toothbrushes, lipstick, soap dish…I want to keep it under an hour and part of my daily practice. I will post the results of my efforts once a week. Any suggestions are welcome.
Palette and painting. I am always looking. I am a person who stares and squints. We drove through the mountains and I just stared out the window the entire time. I love the colours this time of year and the various greens and dark greys and purples. I just knew I would come to the studio inspired. I don’t always oil paint, sometimes I use acrylic, sometimes watercolour. But I do something everyday. I am a visual glutton. I am working on this oil painting now, it is in it’s very early stages and maybe not pretty or done enough to share but I want to anyway. My paintings go through so much, the end result might be very different then what you see below. The beginning is so good and sometimes the paintings are so clean they almost seem too good to touch but they are not finished. I have to get at them and make a mess of them and keep working. That’s how they get depth and meaning. I am not a one layer painting kind of girl.