Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Autumn*

Autumn is here.*

I love this time of year! Hands down. My favorite season. 

I feel like I can breathe again. It's not so hot. I can cook up yummy, comforting foods. And I can wear scarves and boots. You know, because it's more fun to layer!!

My energy seems to return with the cooler weather too, and I've been busy in the studio.

So last time I shared quite a few paintings that were going on. But I wanted to share a little bit more about the process of how those came to be. 

I've been painting steadily now for about 3 years. To be honest, it feels like much longer. Then, at the same time, I feel like I just started yesterday! Funny how time is so bendable like that.

So I have some paintings that I did two or three years ago that, though I loved them at the time, they don't speak to me as much any more. I've seen where I've grown, how my style has changed, and noticed that my confidence has deepened. Since three years is plenty of time to accumulate quite a few paintings, and I have many sitting about my studio, it's easy to pick up the old ones and start wondering, what if.... 

I don't know if this is true for other painters, but it's been relatively easy for me to practice non-attachment with them. I grab either some gesso or a color that speaks to me, and in one large swoosh of the brush, out with the old, in with the new. Some paintings get complete do-overs. Others get fine tuned here and there, the original image only slightly modified. It just depends on my mood and what the painting itself wants. 

I guess it's similar to how we grow as humans, shedding old layers or worn out objects and trying out new paths or acquiring lovely new trinkets. I've surprised myself again and again with each new interest in my life, not afraid to follow the shiny-sparkly light leading me off in new directions. And that risk-taking has been a natural extension into my painting process too. Lot's of surprises along the way for sure. It's nice to look back and see where I've been, but I'm equally keen on seeing what new adventures await!

So here are some before's and after's for your viewing pleasure. Can you find traces of the old in the new?





 
















Ta da!

I have a brand new one to show you too, my biggest canvas yet- 5 feet tall! 
But that will have to wait for the next post.

And, I'm still struggling with taking quality photos of my paintings, so the new ones aren't on my website or available as art prints yet. I used to be pretty good at it, I don't know what's going on.  I'll work out the kinks and let you know as soon as I figure it out!



*Enjoy this lovely autumn - or spring if you're on the other side of this lovely planet!