Monday, April 8, 2013

Painting and emotions

Not much going on in my studio lately. I haven't had much time to paint, and when I've had a few extra hours, I just don't feel like painting. I've never really experienced this before and it makes me sad. Between trying to manage a family of five (three kids and their activities, laundry, groceries, etc) a full time job, church and ministry, there's not much energy left over for creativity. I guess stress does that to a person. I painted this Friday night and to me it reflects how I feel right now-FLAT and dreary! I guess as an artist what you are feeling is really translated to the canvas without even trying.

I did rework this piece a couple weeks ago and was pretty pleased about how it turned out. It's currently at Scallions if you'd like to see in person (30 x 40 Mixed Media).

I donating this piece to the Baker Bronco's on Broadway Auction the end of April.

This is one of my favorites-it's going to the Camp Aldergate's Carousel After Dark April 20.

And this piece is being donated to The Arkansas Art's Center Tabriz Fundraiser.

I do have this piece (Urn of Flowers-16 x 20 oil) displayed at the Searcy Art Gallery. They are having a reception April 13, from 1-3 pm, featuring a wonderful exhibit of art from the Arkansas League of Artists.

I've decided since I'm working full time now, I'm taking the summer off from teaching Summer Art Workshops, and focus on my kids and my personal painting business. It will be the first time in 6 summers I have not taught summer art :( I know I need a break though. Anja Dewitt, who taught with me all last summer, will be teaching classes so let me know if you are local and need her information-she's an amazing artist and great with the kids. Say a prayer for me for clarity in the direction that God is taking me, and that I can be inspired to paint again soon. Blessings! 

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