Where did Winter go? I remember lots of unexpected snow- which was so much fun! I mean it. Some of my funnest Winter memories were from the snow days. I love looking outside and watching people cross country ski down the roads. If that is what Alaska is like, sign me up!
I also remember cold, cozy nights. Working like mad at OBT, putting on some damn fine performances.
I remember lots of movies on Netflix and warm layers of clothes, boots and socks. All the socks.
And, of course, I remember art... I remember lots of doodles, sketches, ideas and starts.
Kind of like sowing seeds for Spring, keeping these questions in mind: What would I like to harvest this Summer? What would I like to grow and create? What is going to blossom during the warmer months?
Only time will tell, but I do have a few clues that I'm happy to share with you!
First off, I want to mention that I have one piece from my October show that is for sale that would love to go home with you! It's the only one left, so get it!
Please send me an email if you are interested or need information.
"Embrace and Let Go"
Mixed Media on Canvas
Currently, I am working on moving into my basement art studio! I'm in the very early elementary stages due to rain over the weekend (boo!), but will be sprucing up the space in the next month to make it my home away from home. It's not the "idea"l studio as there is no natural lighting, but it's a great start and close to my house. I kinda like that it's below both a tattoo studio as well as a coffee shop. I can't think of any other type of business I'd rather be below. So very Portland, ha!
Here's what it looks like thus far: (and I can't wait to be able to post the "after" photo!)
I'm just finishing up with a piece that has been a great challenge for me. I'm not even sure why. I just keep looking at it and feeling like I need to add more. Every time I think I'm done, I think of something else to add. That's the creative process for you. Never a dull moment. Anyhow, it's a smaller piece that I started in preparation for a larger commission that I'm also working on for a couple in Olympia. Both include ravens as the main subject. I haven't had much experience painting ravens before, and the person purchasing the commission asked for pink ravens. Pink ravens! How exciting is that? So I've been studying ravens and crows, since they both carry so many similarities, and painting away. Most people think of ravens as something bleak and dreaded, thanks to the myriad of stories of ravens flying overhead to warn of doom and death. And, of course, adding to the bleakness would be Poe's legendary poem, "The Raven".
But I say, "Nevermore!" to all of that because according to many cultures the raven is something much different: Ravens, yo!
In the painting(s) I'm working on, the raven is nothing more than a messenger of newness and good tidings to come. In order for there to be darkness, there must also be light. And vice versa. Through all of my raven researching, I decided I wanted my ravens to be bright and full of strength. They are bringing the recipients of these paintings the sun. And here in the Pacific Northwest, we could all use a little extra vitamin D.
Here are both paintings, both still works in progress:
The only thing I'm showing of the commission (I don't want to jinx the process!), the initial layer and style that I've applied. So many layers to go, and I can't wait to see the completed work. I'll be working on it all week and all next weekend. So much fun and I'm so inspired by the concept of the pink ravens. It's going to get messy, complicated and end up lovely and super fresh! Hint: bring on the paper, ink and grayscale!
Lastly, I totally freaked out on some canvas last week. I had an idea and was like, "Oh, I'll just sketch this out on some canvas before I go do this and this and..." Two hours later, the entire canvas was covered. Oops! I guess with all of my careful work I do at my 9-5 job and with the recent artwork I've been working on, I needed something I could just go to town on without any expectations. It was a huge energy release and I still don't know how I feel about the end result. But the fact that I wasn't hoping for an end result and found one makes it a happy surprise.
Def thinking about my love of travel with that piece and how much I NEED to get more travel in my life. Oddly enough, I happen to be working on that game plan, but that's for another blog.
I hope today finds you well and happy. Keep inspiring... and never fret, warmer days are ahead!