I envy those who are prolific writers. Words come so easily to them. I am not one of them. In fact I have a very hard time “tooting my own horn” when it comes to me. I can’t lay out for the world to see my most inner thoughts. Hence the very long lapse in my blog posting.
Retirement 2 ½ years ago has put me in a very happy place. So what’s new? Well (I’ve been told never to start a sentence with the word “well”), I have been taking painting workshops with various artists and many online workshops. The online workshops don’t seem to get done , other than watching the videos and taking it all in. Absorbing it all like a sponge so when I do paint it all comes out in various ways without me thinking about it. When I paint I can’t think about what is the correct way to go about it, or think about color choices because when I do I freeze. I have to be free and not think. I love making backgrounds. It is the most freeing. It doesn’t matter what substrate I use. I have to admit I do have a stack of what I call “unfinished pieces” just waiting for me to have a vision for the next step. Eventually it comes to me. When it doesn’t work out gesso is my friend.
Until recently my largest painting was a 16x20 – for me this was BIG. Then I took a workshop with Annie Lockhart (http://www.annielockhart.com/) at Donna Downey Studios. We painted with our fingers, so liberating, on 30x30 canvas. Oh boy that huge blank canvas was a bit intimidating at first. Annie made the whole process to be free, just my style. I got into it so much I ended up with six canvases. We were given two for the class. I was on a roll and couldn’t stop. I finished 4 of the six and have two by my easel waiting for the finishing touches. Then I took another workhop with Donna Downey (http://www.donnadowney.com/) at her studio, “Paint Like an Artist”. The canvas here was , yikes 36x36. Again paint with your fingers and create a background. Then step back and look at it and see what is inside there. One of mine vaguely showed a bird and a face. Not what I wanted to see but I went with the bird. I call it “Bill’s Bird”, Donna’s hubby liked it so I named it after him.
I am also covering boxes, wood and cigar (inside and outside). This has been fun and rewarding. All are different sizes and shapes. Most are covered with paper and embellished. A few have been mixed media.
Then I switched to building my inventory of handcrafted journals. I truly love making journals. This is my first passion, then painting, then jewelry. I seem to dabble in way too many artsy things. I guess that’s a good thing. Keeps me busy and happy.
Before I forget I took a break and took a “Celestial Fusion” class with Jean Van Brederode (https://www.facebook.com/jean.vanbrederode ) at her studio “Charmed I’m Sure”. Loved it and her studio is to die for.