Every day presents new content to my life. The garden is the mediator of the turmoil of every day. There’s nothing like removing a weed and planting a flower, or placing a big rock just where it should be to provide some balance. Some of life’s problems just have to exist!
The more I paint, the more I paint. I’m loving winter. It’s quiet. There is time to think and enjoy the quiet of leafless trees and no yard work to do. The new pup and I can spend lots of time in my studio and we both can walk out into the seemingly lifeless back yard. Before long, there will be all that comes with spring. Meanwhile, here is a new canvas called “leaping dog”. I think it is an expression of joy. The joy is not about anything or anybody….just that feeling that arrives out of nowhere for no particular reason!
Fall seems like a good time to take a breath. It’s not hot, and it’s not cold. The sun comes in at a slant and lights up all the summer dust in every room of the house. Papers and drawings are just lying around waiting to be organized. It’s a mess!
As a small business owner, I’m pulled in many directions. There is management of Bellacompany and the t-shirts and caps and on-line customers, and then there is also working on paintings! Today I reviewed all of the stories and photos I received last fall for our “Give Me That Dog” project. I did manage to complete 10 stories and paintings and we did publish a small book, called “A Chair for Helen”. We also auctioned off some of the paintings on our facebook after giving the story teller first dibs! In my imagination, these projects are never as complicated as they turn out, but I think the end result was worth the work!
I always imagine that I can accomplish a lot more in a little bit of time than is even realistic. That’s where my imagination hits the wall of time available (sometimes called reality)! There are quite a few great stories and pictures in a folder waiting for my attention. It feels good to get the files all straightened up and review the future work to do. I hope to get back to this in January of 2012! Winter is a much better time to do studio work.
Meanwhile, my original goal in creating this blog was to talk about some of my favorite artists!. Call this my reminder blog!…or, my nag blog. I know if I write it down, it will happen sooner or later! If I don’t write it down, whatever project I have in mind will just probably not get done anytime soon.
Painting is a conversation. Sometimes the conversation stops…and then, later, it begins again. The room in the painting was too empty. Nothing like my life! Now it is full of the memories of past and present dogs in my mind…and even some of the dogs I’ve met along the way…a whole company of dogs. Now it seems like a good conversation. I’m nearly finished with this canvas.
Sometimes, it’s possible to learn more when I am feeling lost. Then, I have to really look around and try to find my way back, or figure out what to do next. I was lost once when I was a child. It was very scary, but exciting too. Otherwise, I would not remember this. Painting is the same way. Destruction of some of my paper pieces has led me to think about the road forward, the possible reuse of the wonderful paper…..the marks on the paper…transformed by an accident. It’s interesting.
When the road is suddenly unfamiliar, I look up and think…hey, where am I?…..good question!