Thursday, July 31, 2014

And Today...

Not that you think my studio stayed as tidy as it was in the last photo of yesterday's post. This photo I took just now. There is still some order, but I have three paintings in the works and nothing stays tidy when I paint: not my studio, or my clothes, or my hands...
We are enjoying the slow days of summer right now - it is fairly hot every day and definitely humid. Summer here is so different from the summer I grew up with in Europe. There you were never sure if you'd really get a good summer and when you did you spent every minute outside. It was often the best time of the year. And it was always sad when the summer solstice was over and the days would get shorter again.

Here, summer is for sure. For sure! And I turn into a little wilted flower. So, I've learned to stay indoors mostly and do all the things I love to do. The summer solstice is a happy day for me, knowing that the days are getting shorter and our amazing winter is on its way. It'll be October or even November before our night-time temperatures will dip below 70 degrees and we'll feel that little bit of crispness in the air, but that's ok. I know it's coming and in the meantime I am grateful for air conditioning and cool showers.

And I have enough creative projects going to keep me going for a very long time! That is a good thing!!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Light Heart

This painting perfectly reflects how I was feeling when I painted it: playful, colorful, happy, calm and yet full of energy with a light heart.
This piece evolved over several days. The deer I painted relatively quickly, but then followed several layers of color washes, paint and drips.
Each layer adds more depth and also more fun for me. I finished this on Sunday night and I keep staring at it. There is so much to see, so much to get lost in.
I tend to be a pretty serious person. I just am. I don't crack a lot of jokes, I take things seriously although I'm quick to laugh when there's an occasion, and I tend to think a lot. A lot! This play with paint is medicine to me.
It allows me to have fun while feeling inspired. To make my world colorful. To get my hands "dirty." To give my mind a break. And to create something beautiful in the process.
The spirit of the deer - I expected it to be calm and sweet, but I was surprised to also find it very playful for me. I'll try to remember that when I get too serious...

Wishing you a very light-hearted Tuesday. May it be filled with color and happiness!