The last few weeks have been a time to catch up with a lot of projects that have been on the back burner for far too long as well as dealing with some medical issues that unfortunately will not go away, but can be managed - they are not new but until this Winter I have almost been getting away with simply ignoring them. It has become obvious that that will no longer work and that has been a little hard to accept --------- but there is little choice, So There!
Most of the projects (even the odious tax return - almost!) are now done with only little pieces left to do as time allows; but it has also been a time to step back and reflect on my work and what changes I will have to make in the way I have been working for the last 7 years or so: no more placing the canvas on the floor and bending over while walking around it, which is the way I prefer to work as it works best for me - I feel that I can be freer that way. I will have to get used to using an easel/ table/ wall - horror of horrors - and even worse: try to learn to paint sitting down, at least some of the time - and that will be the most difficult.
Another consideration is, if I am happy with the work itself and whether a change is needed there as well? The last few years have been a period of trying out different ways and by doing that kind of experimentation, I do think that I more or less have found out which way to go, so we will see how that works ---------- one thing is certain: that it will continue to develop and grow - so I don't really know what the result will be, except that it will continue to change somewhat.
The two paintings above were done about three years ago and are some of my favourites - they have both flown the coop - as have most of the others in that series, but it has been good to look back. Looking back and taking stock is always of benefit, as is looking at other artists' work, either On Line, in art magazines or in galleries or shows - I think that it is important not to work in isolation for too long, and as I have had to leave the Fort Gallery due to the long drives and the work needed to be part of this great little artists' co-operative, it is something to pay attention to now. But I will sorely miss the gallery and the feeling of being part of a group with similar interests and working together towards a common goal - not to mention the individual artists doing great work that I respect and feel inspired by.
Now hopefully things are looking up and I have just started work on three canvases of medium size, so I'm all excited and it will be SO good to be back in the studio again.