I'm slowly getting my painting groove back. I felt like I needed to back away from painting this past year. I had a piece in Last year's Recycled Rain Project, and I did seven small pieces for the Big 500, but that was it. Those few pieces were hard...I felt like I had to pull them out of myself. The fun was not there. I felt frustrated and uninspired. All those cliches you hear about "the Angsty Artist"? Yeah. No. I'm not about that. That is not the best "work" mindset for me. I do much better when it's a "play" mindset. It was time to walk away for a break.
I all but abandoned my studio, but I did pick up my cameras. Since I was having painting issues, I focused on capturing images with my camera. It's relaxing and I've always loved the instant gratification of a good shot. It was a wonderful thing to do during my respite from painting. I will be updating my Photo section of this website soon.
I ventured back into the studio about two weeks ago. Everything was in it's place and for the first time in several months, I felt like I wanted to play with some paint. So, I did. I've been playing every day since and it's been fun. So fun, that I have accepted three different show invitations this spring. I'll be trying some new techniques and I'm trying for a looser style than where I was previously coming from. I will not be giving up my bright colors. That is what I missed the most during my break.
I know I always say this, but I will try to update this blog more frequently as I get my groove back. I have 12 paintings due in the next few weeks, and instead of feeling overwhelmed, I'm feeling pretty excited. Yeay!
Mundane musings from a modern Mnemosyne