Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Leaving So You Can Come Back Stronger

Looking out over the Pacific.
I've done a lot of paintings this year, including starting a new abstract series entitled "Chrysalis". Long days in the studio, several shows, and new galleries showing my work. All in all, 2015 has been amazing! Its' hard to believe it's almost over.

My husband and I just returned from Mexico. We stayed at a retreat without electricity. It was lush, beautiful, and quiet. No schedule. Time seemed to go by slowly. It felt like a real break.

It occurred to me how great it is to just get away so that you can come back stronger. Going to a foreign country where the people, the language, the food, and the landscape are different  - - is exhilarating! Lots to see and experience. Your senses are heightened and you can't help but be inspired. 

Cat holding her new 12"x12" Chrysalis Studies.

Of course I couldn't wait to get back into the studio. But more importantly, I realized how important it is to get away - whether to another country or just taking a walk around the block - it's critical for an artist to do this for themselves.

 “I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown; for going out, I found, was really going in.” 
~John Muir

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