So here we are in the new year - 2015 if you can believe it - and it is time to take stock and wonder what this brand spanking new year will bring! Personally I hope for a better year than the last one where I had to deal with a few health problems as well as the sudden and unexpected death of my beloved young dog, Ebony, in September; the shock of that really threw me for a loop.
It did however give rise to a tremendous burst of creativity as a form of escape, and it has resulted in a string of smaller canvasses - some more successful than others - and lately I have been busy reworking them as needed to bring them to the point where I can be satisfied with them; the one above is the last to "come home".
My goal this past year after leaving the Fort Gallery has been to try to find another way of working - partly to make it easier on my back, partly because I felt that it was time for a change; and to do that, I needed time without the pressure of a yearly solo show, as well as several group shows with themes that interrupted the flow of my other work. I am actually quite pleased with the way it is going and I think, that I am on the right track towards an abstract freedom that I have always hoped to reach without quite being able to get there. This abstract freedom does not mean a lack of compositional structure or an underlying idea of a subject that may or may not be clear - far from it; there seems to be a notion among a lot of people, including some artists, that anyone can just knock off abstract paintings quickly and easily (my three year old could do that!!!! is a common statement) but at least for me it is much more difficult to paint a good abstract, where everything works together in balance and harmony - for the simple reason that there really is nothing "real" to guide you; everything has to come from your own heart.
In 2015 I plan to continue this way with hopefully a few larger canvasses as well - but, who knows where it will take me? That is the exciting part of it and what keeps me going - and I can't wait to find out!
But first the studio needs a major clean out and I have quite a lot of other practical chores to get done!