In spite of the bitter cold we have had this past week, the spring Equinox is happening in just a few days, so here's a little winter wrap-up of the goings on here in my cozy studio.
I began the winter season exploring abstraction and finding new ways to paint while using acrylics, a media I have not used for years. It was like trying something new and revisiting an old friend all at the same time.
That is the question with painting, what would happen if. . . I change this shape, or the intensity of that color, or even approach the subject in a different way? Towards the end of last year I took a side step with my art and began exploring. My "what would happen if..." list of questions was getting longer and more extensive and begging for some answers.
Off and on over the past few years I would try a little bit of exploration but usually returned safely to my comfort zone none the worse for wear. Yet the questions still nagged and I had a desire to say something else with my painting, something that I hadn't yet said. So I began to change my methods, just a bit, to see how it felt. And when that seemed okay I then pushed a little further.
Sometimes a change is needed for creativity to grow. And a bigger change was needed. A bigger step away from what I had come to know. So I switched to a different media. A different process altogether. I told myself that I would just do some experimentation, just for me, thinking I would soon have enough answers. But that's not what happened.
Instead I had opened the door to more questions. Each new painting is a resolution and a puzzle. I am finding this to be an exciting way to work, to approach the challenge of painting not from how it relates to the world but rather how I relate to the painting. Intuitively, looking inward rather that out.
If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.
So thank you for visiting and following along on my painting journey! All of the paintings featured in this post are available for purchase in my Etsy shop, Bluebird Hill. Clicking on the image should take you right there.
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