I've been working on more nests (love these colourful abstract forms) along with beginning another Fashion Plate. As busy as these past few months have been, I've appreciated my studio time even more. It's been especially fun to play with different colour combinations as I'm not adhering to colour rules (ie. monochromatic, tertiary, etc.) as much as contrast with this series. I'm interested to see how this will reflect in my other work.
Besides sharing my paintings, I love being able to share my work on things like cushions, travel mugs, wraps & more (Society6 & RedBubble) in books (Blurb) and also on tarot decks (Make Playing Cards) - currently I have two, True North Tarot that feature my 52 WEEKS::Totem Animals & Sacred Vessel Tarot which features the 52 WEEKS::Wildflowers. I'm working on a third tarot deck which I plan to call the Nasty Women Tarot using the 52 WEEKS::Heroes along with my current Fashion Plates series as the Major Arcana. I'm really excited about this one.
I'd definitely have to say that the less glam side of the art life, besides the days that paintings really aren't working out, is all of the paperwork. To do lists, inventory lists, submissions, packages, bookkeeping, emails, budgeting, taxes...and the list goes on. Pre-digital era I used to dread photographing the work for my records & the galleries but now it's so quick (and much less expensive) to take a bunch and edit them slightly if required. But the thing I always keep in mind when I focus on the tasks that I don't like as much is how lucky I am that I get to do this every day.
Recently my youngest daughter & I travelled to Nanton as we were invited to take photos of her sewing projects at Sentimental Journey Antiques. I was so thankful that my eldest was able to meet us for lunch as the weather had shifted and we ended up with a beautifully sunny day, the first (and last) in weeks. It's always such a treat to see my girls together.
On the weekend my daughter & I had a lovely drive to Black Diamond to visit Bluerock Gallery. The roads were clear and the sun was shining which was a wonderful reprieve after all of our cold weather and snow. After I delivered the 'Nest' paintings we browsed the gallery, which is always a treat, and then went to Westwood Restaurant for the most delicious lunch. On our way out of town we made a stop at the Black Diamond Bakery for pastries to take home. The views of the rolling foothills and the snow covered Rocky Mountains in the distance is one I never tire of...it was a perfect day.
On this International Women's Day I look back to last year at this time and am still so very grateful for all of the women have allowed me to paint them the past couple of years. The women who have supported me and my daughters have been incredible...whether through offering to be part of my project, or through kind words and generosity. I love to see women supporting women.
The first official International Women's Day was organized by Suffragettes (love that!) in 1911 in order to band together to affect positive change. Their values are:
It's been a busy few months and last week I broke my nose accidentally on my vehicle's car door (rushing too much as usual). Fortunately it was only a hairline fracture and it's much better now, but I did feel rather silly. I'm happy that I can be back in my studio busily at work once again...and back at this series of 'Fashion Plates'. There's been a lot of orange in my palette lately, which is interesting as it's not a particular favorite colour but blue is (any shade) and orange is its compliment. As the days grow longer and the sun shines brighter, I wonder if I've been influenced by it.
I've been enjoying this mixed media sketchbook, not to adhere anything to or to paint in (yet) but I love the fact that the pages are heavier for sketching with fine sharpees and for taking test prints of the stamps I've been carving the past few years. Heavier markers do bleed through but the fine ones work very well on this paper. Even though I used ink pads instead of print makers ink for this particular page, both work well on these pages. It's really nice to see these samples printed together like this as carving stamps is one of my favorite hobbies.
Lately I've been surrounded by a great khaki green...my main floor walls have been repainted and I knitted a wool toque for my daughter. It reminds me of green-gold in a tube of paint, a colour I love but don't use often enough. Perhaps if I focus on more landscape paintings I will increase the variety of greens in my palette. And, isn't this gal cute in her new toque?
AIRdirondack Art Project