Dear Tina & friends~
I feel like I am finally getting my groove back in the studio. Before the holidays I had great rhythm with my work. I was connecting with my thoughts and had clarified my intentions with the new body of work I had started….THEN BAM! I was derailed by other obligations. It was REALLY hard to stop working and although I tried to do SOMETHING creatively every day I lacked the blocks of time I needed to get back to that “space”.
The past two weeks have been really good. It has taken me some time to reconnect with myself but I have been getting up early every morning to write, which has really helped (although I do admit to crawling back in bed with my coffee and comforter to do this~it’s FREEZING up here!). I have also been diligent with my gratitude journal. It is amazing how life changing they can be! (Do any of you keep one? If so, how has it affected your life?) I find that all of these things are a necessary part of my work. When I don’t make reflection a priority it hinders my artwork. I find it especially helpful to write now that it is too cold for me to get motivated for my daily walks which have always been a time for reflection. Tina has often mentioned that my artwork changes in the winter and although I am not always conscious of it, I think she is probably right.
Upon returning to the studio I allowed myself to paint over two larger paintings I had started before my hiatus. They are still works in progress but I find that as I let go and release what is not serving me, I stretch myself and new ideas form. I have also been working on a series of small paintings which have “loosened me up” and allowed me to experiment a bit with my color palette. Here are two of these paintings. They are part of a series titled, “Above & Below the Surface”.
This series relates to my inquiry into the human spirit. The abstracted landscape has become a metaphor for what we choose to reveal to each other and what we keep tucked away. “A Compassionate Eye” started off as a mediative painting and revealed itself as a reminder to always seek the goodness in people, even when it is hard. You never know what is going on in someone’s life and why they do or react to things the way they do. It is meant to celebrate of the best parts in each of us and trust that there will always be someone to watch over you. At the end of the day, I believe we all wish to be recognized, celebrated and loved.
Just in case you need to hear it~ YOU ARE CELEBRATED, recognized & LOVED!
*Original Painting can be purchased HERE