So much has happened since my last blog post. Here are the highlights.
There has been lots of painting and quite a bit of stuckedness figuring out a couple of them. I’m loving my current direction. Lots of layers and a mixture of transparent and opaque paint applications that bring about a sense of journeying through…what exactly I’m not sure. Sometimes I feel like I’m flying, but more and more the unintentional inclusion of the influence of the vast Pacific that is just a few steps from my door seems to be finding its way into my work.
This has been interesting because I haven’t painted a landscape in 20 years or so. I don’t actually feel inspired to paint when I’m at the beach or in the bush. It doesn’t make me want to rush home and pick up a paintbrush. What it does make me want is to linger longer in it, near it. I absolutely love nature. I just don’t want to paint it.
And yet, here are waves, clouds, currents, seaweed and air currents. No trees I note. I wonder if they will push their influence into my work soon too!?
A solo exhibition
I am thrilled to be able to tell you that I will be having a solo exhibition next year at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. I will no doubt be showing you progress and sharing more about this as it gets closer. It’s still more than a year away so there’s plenty of time.
A change to Creating for Happiness
I’ve been writing emails to a group of subscribers for a year and a half now – almost every day. When I first started I doubted I could sustain it for the 3 months I had set myself. After 6 months of daily emails I wondered if I would ever run out of things to say on the topic. Now after 18 months I find I have. Well, not exactly run out of things to say, but certainly run out of thoughts for a daily email. So a change needs to happen.
Along the way I made many plans for Creating for Happiness. I had big plans for most of the time, but now I’m a full-time artist and submerged in my studio practice I find I’m less interested in ‘big’ and more interested in ‘deep’.
So Creating for Happiness letters will be shared publicly for the first time. I’m rebuilding the website they were to be housed on, making it open to all and keeping it free. I’ll share more on this soon, when the changes have been completed. For now, I’m just plain excited to share my writing on the topic so dear to my heart and one that I feel so strongly about – daily creating to improve your life and make you happy.
Until next time I hope you find the time to look at my available paintings and time to be creative yourself.