Getting back down to work in the studio is always a bit challenging after time spent rushing around doing other things. I’ve had a lot going on and have a lot coming up apart from painting, between July and November. Last week I held the first of my kindergarten seminars for teachers,on how to teach art to preschoolers, the pitfalls and things to do about them.
This is a very intensive 2-3 hour course which I will talk about in a later blog post.
Now, back to the studio – progress is slowly being made. I am doing a series of very intuitive works at the moment, as I feel at an end with the dresses and that aspect of the Mythic Journey. You will however see elements of the dress series creeping into the current work. A new emergence seems to be the inclusion of figures, which keep appearing. I am however wrestling with the colour palette – I’d like to do something with colours similar to those that Ben McLaughlin uses, (see below),he’s such a master of subtle complementaries….. however as far as the work is concerned – well ‘that just aint happening!!’
My current works are informed by a growing awareness of the interconnectedness of the energy webs which surround all of us and the planet. There is a saying that ‘every thing is energy’ – well it’s not just a saying – it’s the reality of the world we live in. I am intrigued and fascinated with energy flow – as in the dancer and the dance. And in fact that’s partly where the dress paintings came from.
So there is a continuing desire to represent this energy – the dance of life and the webs and veils of illusion that separate us in so many ways. Therefore the current works speak to an unfolding of this understanding. It’s incredibly challenging to paint in this way, as you only have the vaguest idea of what you are actually trying to do.
I keep wanting to run back to my safe landscapes – however I feel the great Creator pushing gently at me – no rush – ( just get on with it for heaven’s sake!). I have completed two smaller works so far and if you get my Collectors Newsletter you will have seen them already.
Above is the first painting in this series and below is the second.
This Week’s Question: What themes run through your own life and work, regardless of whether you are an artist or not.? What do you keep returning to and why?
Next Weeks Post: Student versus Artist Quality materials – the age old debate?