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Last year I took on the challenge of creating something every single day. 365 somethings! I surprised myself and completed it. Mostly loving it, sometimes not. And then something curious happened. When I was done with that year long project, I didn't want to make anything. A lot of stuff happened in my life (my amazing Dad died) and art was the thing I probably needed most, but cared the least about. So I just let myself be OK with doing nothing. I hiked (a LOT) and just let time pass. And now I feel it starting to come back, but in a different way. More about the process and less about the outcome. Just the feeling of moving color across a page (using my fingers a lot) and making marks on a page (there is just something about making a bold, black, inky mess). I've started keeping art journals, so called because that's the current term-du-jour, but they're more scrapbook like. I do anything I want in them, paste in things, write lists of stuff to do, smear paint, scribble. I love the idea of layers of life in those pages and recently pulled out some old sketchbooks of really horrible stuff and started washing over them with paint. Loving the results of knowing the bad is always part of what makes the good that much better. And who knows, this moment's "good" may well be the next moment's "bad". And so it goes.
A little bit of this and a little bit of that rounded out 2015. I love the growth and exploration the year brought me and am eager to see what unfolds in my art work for 2016. I hope you'll follow along on the journey and pick up a pen and paper (or paints or ??) and try it yourself. Art really is an amazing therapy for whatever it is that needs it.
Love the latest few pieces! Landscapes, Blooms and even a blanket (for your wall!) They're all available in an assortment of sizes, big and small and on home decor and clothes at FineArtAmerica.com and the last four are even available as originals at DailyPaintworks.com.
I also heard today that Ron Evans, owner of the Radar Station gallery in East Wenatchee is publishing a coffee table book of all the post-it notes (including mine!) in their latest show. How fun!
What's that saying "idle hands are the devil's plaything?" I'm not sure about that but I DO know that if my hands are busy I'm not using them to eat ice cream. Lots of "fauxtanicals" on tap. Fauxtanical being my tongue-in-cheek name for the very imaginative, loose interpretation of something sort of botanical.