This past year I've been interested in more abstract work - not that I prefer it or want to change my entire manner of working, but I am interested in incorporating some abstract form into my current representational work so I have registered for Flora Bowley's 'Brave, Intuitive Abstracts' workshop in February and am absolutely thrilled. I've been wanting to challenge myself more and more - and eventually I would love to complete my Bachelor of Fine Arts but for now, this is great. My children are growing and I really want to be present in their young lives, so once they've flown, so I will I once again.
This past few years has been a time of stepping out of my own box - more public speaking, more public demonstrations, and also more curating and co-ordinating of public art projects. When I first began exhibiting over 10 years ago, I was so afraid - of not being accepted as professional or talented or creative or educated enough. I followed almost every gallery director or professional artist's advice and found myself terribly unhappy and almost ready to give up this creative life that I've dreamed of since I was a very young child. But then, when I began to realize that success as an artist comes in so many different packages and that all I needed was to heed that whisper in my soul and to be true to myself, many positive opportunities presented themselves and wonderful people filled my life - both those who supported and encouraged my work either physically or spiritually and those who wanted to be a part of my journey in so many different ways. I still flounder at times, wondering if I should be doing 'this' or 'that' but then I just stop and paint and journal and all is well with my little world. I know never to grasp because it is almost impossible to hang on - but to trust that still, small voice that speaks to me if I allow it.