I have missed being in the studio for the past several months…well, almost a year. My how time flies. 2012 turned out to be quite a year including many facets which I will not venture to cover. After starting off the first part of the year with website update difficulties, extended family issues, and my attention being needed elsewhere, my creative juices dried up and I found it most difficult to create. However, 2012 ended on a much brighter note with a wonderful addition to our family. Our son married a delightful, beautiful young lady in December and we are so happy to have her as a member of our family. Welcome Mrs. Harris!
Trying to take care of everything, catch up with all the website information, prepare for art exhibits, and attempt to keep up with the social media demands literally zapped my creativity. I discovered that I really don’t like it when I want to paint, but there is just nothing within to draw from. So, I took a step back, came to terms with it and decided to be at peace. I took a sabbatical and chose to peacefully wait until the motivation returned. This week has been a turning point. The past several days I have intentionally been doing what I could to get those creative juices flowing again and today I finally made it back into the studio. It was wonderful to pull out a canvas and begin creating once again. Now I just need to try to rebuild my momentum and continue the creative process. Once I can get that restored, perhaps I will be able to better manage the social media aspect of promoting art. Will take it a day at a time and see how it goes.
I have three new paintings I have been trying to upload to my gallery but I am having technical issues with the site right now. I decided to upload them to the blog to give you a preview while the site is being worked on. As soon as the website issues are resolved, I will post them in the Gallery. I hope you enjoy them and do check back for descriptions and more info on each painting.
The first one is: Peaceful Waters
The second one is: Focus
The third one is: Edge
PEACEFUL WATERS and FOCUS are currently in the “Eye of the Artist” Juried Exhibit at Yadkin Cultural Arts Center in Yadkinville until Sept. 10th and are available for purchase. EDGE is currently at Aubrey Home, Greensboro, NC, and is also available for purchase. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or interest in adopting one of these new works of art.
24 x 30 gallery wrapped canvas
24 x 36 gallery wrapped canvas
11 x 14 black metal frame
Hurt my back a couple of weeks ago so it made painting a next to impossible task. However… the back feels better today and it’s been great to be back in the studio painting. Two new paintings started… that makes five in progress… the most I’ve had going at one time. I love it when there is a variety to work on. Gets the creative juices flowing.
After a hectic winter and spring schedule, it has been a season of the three “R’s” – Rest, Re-evaluate and Re-group. I have a tendency at times to get so caught up in the world of art…pushing to keep up with other artists and trying to sell and promote my art that I lose sight of whom I am and where I desire to go. It becomes a “job” instead of a “joy.” While attempting to meet deadlines and produce enough artwork to spread around, I lose my creative edge and originality thus resulting in, in my opinion, sub-standard art. I know I have been quiet for awhile but it has been a necessary quiet – necessary for me to regain my focus and creativity so I can return to my studio with a fresh vision and excitement.
After two weeks of pushing to finish the new paintings and the past four weeks consisting of five art shows, this morning I hit the proverbial brick wall. It is time for some much needed R & R. I am hungry for some alone time in my studio with just me, my canvases and some paint but before that can happen, I need some time for body rejuvenation. Quiet time is good for an artist…it breeds creativity. So, quiet time, here I come!