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Getting Back Into the Flow

April 18, 2018

Finally, my space is starting to feel like an art studio again. After a year and a half of false starts, my daily art practice is back. Now that I have a new gallery for a total of two, I have plenty of reasons to paint. I know we shouldn’t need a “reason” but somehow it does affect my productivity.

This painting is brand new, and designated for the new gallery. I think they will like it and be able to sell it.

Underwater World – Acrylic on Canvas, 24x36x1.5 inches

In addition, I had a surprise studio sale 3 weeks ago, to a person who had seen my work at the local art center. He had later looked at my website and wanted to know about this specific one, which had been hanging in my studio for quite a while, and though I will miss it, I’m excited that it’s found a new forever home:

Gentle Wind – Acrylic on Canvas, 48x36x.75 inches

And the new series of acrylics on paper that I’ve been working on still doesn’t have a name. Here’s another one of those:

New Series, #1 — Acrylic on 300# Arches with hand-deckled edge, 8×8 inches FOR SALE $100 – Contact me

And the cherry on top of this delicious sundae is the watercolor class I’m teaching. It’s been a great diversion and a way for me to stay disciplined at improving my skills. But the best part is that this group of women has really jelled and we are having a blast.

Art is not just part of my life now. It is my life.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. April 18, 2018 8:34 pm

    I love this! Really enjoy this work…anxious to see more!

  2. April 18, 2018 11:18 pm

    I really like the blue painting at the top of this post. Which gallery is it going to be in?

  3. April 19, 2018 3:44 am

    Dear Martha, I love getting your news and images. I wonder if you can help? I am suffering from a complete collapse in my painting efforts – everything turns out to be a mess and not worth pursuing. I want to paint but can’t think of what to paint. I start and then it all seems to be too much trouble and a waste of space and time. Depressing. It all seems to have melted away. I think about art all the time – in bed, whilst driving, doing all the daily tasks etc. I even resent people who prattle on when I want to think art. Yet I can’t do it. I think of getting rid of all the stuff in the studio – years of accumulation of oils, acrylics, pigments, pastels, charcoal, inks, sprays and thinners, glues, canvas, paper and on and on. And a whole heap of unpainted and repainted canvases sitting reproachfully in a corner. Gloom. What can I do? Give up for ever? I would be so grateful for any suggestions! Thank you so much for your very welcome newsletters, With Best Wishes, Gill

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    • April 19, 2018 9:23 am

      Gill, that treasure trove of delicious art supplies is waiting faithfully and patiently for you, calling your name! Mine did the same. Please don’t give up. Here’s what I would do. First, I would apply a nice thick coat of gesso over the repainted canvases, so that you have texture underneath whatever goes after. Line those up with the unpainted canvases, and sit with them for a bit. Take some deep breaths and long sips of coffee or tea. Drink in the possibilities.

      Then go look for inspiration if need be. Want to hear something silly? I was very, very stuck for a while. During that time, I watched YouTube videos of painters painting. Watched some of them over and over, but kept looking for new ones to watch, because very few of them are truly satisfying. The strange thing is that just watching other artists going through the motions made me feel as if I were following along. I would see something and say “No! That’s now how it’s done! Give me that brush.” And pretty soon I just had this compulsion to get into my studio to create something, anything. At first, nothing was working. Then once in a while, something would work. My advice, for what it’s worth, is to just play with as much abandon as you can muster. When things work, grab that feeling and hold on to it. Let it move you to do it again, and again.

      I hope this is of some help. I would love to hear of your progress.

  4. patqu permalink
    April 19, 2018 9:30 am

    Enjoyed your post today and the art show. The newest one reminds me of
    A Topographical map…a view from space. Maybe that bservation will help to title it.🌝

  5. April 20, 2018 9:37 am

    Your work is lovely and so interesting. I can see why that one person would come back for that specific piece. I’m glad you are back to your daily practice. Why is that so hard to do? I struggle too.

    • April 20, 2018 10:16 am

      Thank you so much for stopping by and for commenting, Deborah. My guess is that we women are constantly attuned to the needs of others around us, and even the outside world. It’s almost easier to help someone else, or do something we think is constructive, than to focus on what seems to be a selfish need to create. But in reality, our own gift is the only one like it on the planet, and we should celebrate that. I struggle daily, but am slowly accepting my own advice more and more.

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