Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Getting My Groove Back

I'm back from an amazing vacation filled with inspiration, and the past week things have been progressing v-e-r-y  s-l-o-w-l-y in the studio. It's like I'm walking in place, instead of moving forward.

My typical experience is that I jump back in, with ideas pouring out faster than I can paint them. This time, not so much. It reminded me of my friend Nicholas Wilton, a painter and teacher in California, who always says:  "the more you do, the more you do" and "the less you do, the less you do". 

I've turned to journaling and yoga to ground myself. And also watched too many episodes of "Mr. Robot" over the weekend. Taking it easy, I suppose, in order to ease back into my studio practice. Sometimes you need time and space to get back into the groove.

Last week I did an underpainting (an initial layer of paint applied to a ground, which serves as a base for subsequent layers of paint) that was so different from my norm, that I simply stopped. I had no idea what to do with it. 

Yesterday it came:  the next step. And then the next and the next. Paint was flying and I lost track of time. I'm beginning to see the influence of my travels and it's not at all what I expected.

Last night at yoga our teacher explained that a doe and her fawn were repeatedly visiting her backyard, staying for unusually long periods of time. Our yoga teacher noticed that the mother deer had an intense focus, that was gentle, yet strong, without anxiety. 

As an artist I think that's the goal:  focusing without freaking out about things. And having the patience to wait for yourself to reveal what's next.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Walking Bravely

Home Studio May 2016 
(in the thick of it – commissions, shows, new works for galleries)

Hiking, gardening, exploring.

Sitting by the water.

Staring up at the clouds.

Cat on the water
Do you ever ask. . . . . .what could be?

I’ve been thinking about that question a lot lately. Especially when I’m painting. How to push the work a bit further. . . . .trying new things. This is the time of my “summer break”– 2 months of exploration in and outside of the studio.

Robert Genn told us:  “When the faintest glimmer of an insight appears, the wise artist explores in that direction. To evolve, artists need to exploit their glimmers.”

This is the summer of exploring new insights - - the glimmers - - keep an eye out for new work from me in the coming weeks.
In-town Studio:  June 2016 (from-chaos-to-beauty)
“Art is, after all, only a trace — like a footprint which shows that one has walked bravely and in great happiness.” ~Robert Henri