It's been nice having this series of paintings hanging on my studio wall as it gives me much time to view them and decide whether or not they are complete as is or require further work. This one had me stumped for awhile until I realized that I didn't push the contrast enough so I added a few more layers of glazes and now it's making me happy. The interesting thing is that none of the paintings have yet been signed as I'm not certain if they are all complete just yet. I'm definitely being more patient than I am typically.
I've re-hung the last of the Nasty Women project and am glad I did. It's so inspiring to be surrounded by these strong women...there is something so comforting and encouraging about seeing these women daily. Each of them have inspired me in some way and whenever I am stuck in the work that I am doing, I just have to stop and look at these faces to feel inspired once again.
I received an airbrush from my husband this Christmas and am so happy to use it! I've been concerned about my ecological footprint using spray paint but I love creating the patterns and layers on my paintings using stencils. I've tried using stencil brushes but prefer the immediacy and interest of the layers of street art which I feel can be replicated with spray paint. So far I've been using it with Liquitex Ink! which I've been loving and I'm finding the results softer but I really like it. I'm curious to see how this goes long term.
This was a gift to a special little baby...a fun project. It's so nice to be able to share handmade gifts and a real treat to meet newborns in our world. It's been awhile since I've had a brand new little baby in my life so this was really special.
Lately I've been giving a lot of thought to repainting my studio. This is the colour my daughter chose when she used this room in high school many years ago (she's now a teacher) and it's been nice but I'm thinking of either going towards a deeper shade or something more neutral...like a deep sage green or soft white or grey. The carpet is brown (which I'm hoping to remove at some point) so that may dictate the direction I head. Cozy or bright? I guess we'll see.
I've been giving a lot of thought to the arts community and how challenging it can sometimes be to be welcomed in...especially being juried into arts groups. I had a nice chat with another artist who had a similar experience to mine a number of years ago, being rejected by a jury on more than one occasion without any explanation. Juries are interesting to me, as I really have no idea what they are looking for and I believe that if an artist is prolific and practicing their craft and, even more, their work is accepted into exhibits, they have sales, and may have studied in some form, then I don't understand why they are rejected. I personally love a huge variety of styles of work and love an arts community that is inclusive. There are times when everything I submit is accepted and I receive awards, and then others where everything is rejected. It really is a conundrum. And yet, I cannot imagine being anywhere else in my life because it is the process of creation, above all else, that motivates me. It's the time spent in my studio that is more important to me than anything else. Don't get me wrong, exhibiting and selling my work is a huge bonus, but creating it is definitely a necessity for me. And, whether I am part of a juried group or not, the community of artists that I am privileged to know is the support I really need.
"The thing that is really hard, and really amazing,
is giving up on being perfect
and beginning the work of becoming yourself."
~ Anna Quindlen
I jumped on the bandwagon and chose to see which colours showed up the most on my Instagram feed and this was the palette selected for me. I'm not sure how accurately it reflects the colours I gravitate towards, but it was still an interesting activity in any case. Because I mainly post my paintings, the colours I tend to lean towards are quite a bit brighter and I definitely lean towards blues in any shade, so this felt a little 'off' to me, but it is a lovely palette in any case. Maybe the 100 days of portraits were reflected more strongly in this palette. Anyway, I always find it fun to try these things out. If you'd like to view my Instagram account, you can visit it here.
May the coming year bring you new happiness, new goals,
new achievements, new success, and a lot of new inspiration.
Happy New Year!
AIRdirondack Art Project