After a hiatus of more than a year, I’m excited to be writing this blog again! When I suspended it in March of 2016, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with various commitments and reluctantly decided that something had to give. But since then I’ve made some adjustments and I’m excited to now reactivate this blog.
You may wonder what I’ve been up to in the past year-plus. One of the biggest changes was to resign from The Colborne Art Gallery collective. This was a difficult decision, but unfortunately the ongoing commitments required to keep the collective running smoothly were encroaching on my personal time a bit too much.
After resigning, I had the time to think about developing a workshop idea that had been percolating for awhile. There was a lot of research and preparation, but I was finally able to teach my first “Introduction to Oil and Cold Wax Medium” workshop in January 2017. It was very well received and loads of fun! Since then I have taught it a couple more times, and the next one will be in July 2017. I am hoping to teach a couple more workshops in the fall of 2017. Click on the link above for more information.
After my solo show at The Colborne Art Gallery in April 2016, I admit to feeling a bit burned out. Since then I’ve been painting at a slower pace and allowing myself to think more. I’ve even taken a few workshops myself—exploring different media and ways of working, and meeting new people and artists. I’ve also taken online workshops. For instance, I took an online portrait drawing workshop to help bring my figurative drawing skills up to speed for a new series I’m working on. I’m not quite ready to post any of this work yet, but soon…
Having time to think about my art practice has led to some fun explorations. I got interested in stamp carving because of my love of repeat patterns and ornamentation. Then I became interested in the possibilities of collage as a way to add extra dimension and details into my work. More about these explorations in future posts.
Another new venture for me, unrelated to painting (or so it would seem) was taking up the piano in April 2016. I don’t know why I got the urge to do this, but it just felt right. I hadn’t played piano since I was a child. I’ve found a wonderful teacher and take regular lessons—so important for motivation and advancement. I practice about two hours a day and find that time to be just as important to me as my painting time. It clears the mind wonderfully and at the same time, focuses it. Somehow I find that learning this new skill in another art complements and enriches my painting practice.
Lastly, I recently returned from a trip to Morocco (!!!) which I’ll also tell you about in another post. Suffice it to say the images and colours are indelibly burned on my brain.
There’s more, but this is enough for now. I’m looking forward to sharing more details about my art and life explorations in future posts and hope you’ll come along for the ride! Look for a new post around twice a month. If you sign up (top of right-hand column) you’ll be notified when new posts go online. Until next time…