Contemporary and happy abstract painting by Australian Artist Jan Allsopp, in greys, blues and green.

Settling into bliss

Isn’t it amazing what you can get used to!? Already I’m starting to feel more normal, more settled as a full time artist. It’s a really nice way to be. What I’m really struggling with is finding a way of scheduling or method of being focused on my work, be that in the studio or on the computer. When you have a huge amount of possibilities in front of you, all waiting for attention, it’s difficult to choose one to focus on and when you do, not be distracted from it.

It’s funny. This is exactly the creative dilemma that lead to me formulating Creating for Happiness. The brilliance in Creating for Happiness is the built in creative constraints that bring about both greater creativity and lesser umming and ahhing about what to do. The structure of Creating for Happiness is both flexible enough and rigid enough to stimulate and keep things going. This is what I need on a larger scale in my studio, and I also need an admin version for my office. Hmmm. Now I’ve got me thinking!!!

At first when I decided to leave my job I was overwhelmed catching up with admin, website, writing etc etc and I wasn’t getting a lot of painting done. I’m happy to say that the situation has blown itself out to an extent. There is still much to do here at my computer, but the siren song of the studio has raised it’s volume above the static of the office and I’m spending a lot of time painting. It’s wonderful!

Contemporary and happy abstract painting by Australian Artist Jan Allsopp, in greys, blues and green.

Mojito Cure, 60 x 60cm (24 x 24″), mixed media on wood panel. © Jan Allsopp 2018

I’ve finished a couple of paintings this week and started several more. I’m exploring ideas and not overly focusing on creating finished pieces at present. This experimentation phase has its successes and not so successful outcomes. But that’s the game I’m playing and I’m stepping up to it each day now.

One finished piece is Mojito Cure, a fun mixed media painting with a delicious lime green that needed to be acknowledged in its title. It’s a darker painting with a beautiful deep grey, almost charcoal, and a very deep blue. There are touches of black and white too that really enliven it. If you follow me on social media you may have seen this at an earlier stage when it also had a lot of other colours including a big pink circle. I needed to decide what the focus of it would be, and so the pink just had to go.

Detail of contemporary and happy abstract painting by Australian Artist Jan Allsopp, in greys, blues and green.

Mojito Cure detail

Detail of contemporary and happy abstract painting by Australian Artist Jan Allsopp, in greys, blues and green.

Mojito Cure detail

Mojito Cure is having its finishing touches added before I list it for sale on my Bluethumb page. If you would like to know more about it, or are interested in purchasing it just let me know. I’m more than happy to help in any way I can to get you your very own Mojito Cure!

Since my last blog post I’ve made a few more studio videos. Here is the latest. It’s also the first edition with a new name and scheduled time of the week. My weekly studio videos are now called Creating Happiness in the Studio and in this video I explain why – and it’s a lot more interesting than it sounds! The previous couple of videos are here and here if you missed them. Weekly videos are made in my studio and I do a little show and tell with my current paintings, so if you like to see things as they progress these videos are for you.

I want to thank you all for your support for my art and for me as I’ve been making these big changes in my life. I really appreciate all your comments, emails and especially those who have purchased my work. This means a lot to me and ensures I can keep going. I am truly grateful.

Have a happy week!

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  1. Hi Jan, I’m loving your new work. So much so, that I’ve been sharing it with my class. I hope you are ok with that.
    I started teaching again this year back in the States. Glass engraving around the country and painting in my dining room. The studio is too small for 4 easels.
    We return to Sawtell in Nov for 6 months. Maybe we will get a visit in this year.
    Love your musings too. You are an excellent writer

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      Hi Margot, great to hear from you. Yes we will try for a visit this year. My new schedule should help! Glad you are keeping busy – very busy by the sounds of it. Yes, share me everywhere! Thanks.

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