We all have it. The “old” stuff. Mine just stacks up on a particular shelf in my bookcase, some thoughtfully separated with tracing paper, some not so much. But I don’t throw it away.
Some artists have the discipline to paint often, some almost every day. I am not one of those nor do I necessarily strive to be. I’m an ebb and flow kind of painter. Sometimes I’m full of ideas, sometimes I’m a total blank. It’s when I’m really, really blank that I like to look at some of the old stuff. I was doing “THAT”? Wow, I was sure on a “BLENDING” jag! But sometimes, it’s “oh, I forgot about doing it THAT way. I need to re-visit”. One’s history is a fascinating chronicle of what we’ve learned along the way, mistakes we’ve made and evidence that we continue to hone the true thing that comes out of us.
Sometimes looking at the old stuff is the best way to find something new.
Never in my wildest imagination a few years ago would I have thought I’d be blogging. It just didn’t seem to be my kind of thing. But never say never, right?
I am super excited about launching my website (blog). It’s coming at a perfect time amidst a lot of other changes. I’ve been painting now full-time for about 5 years after an enjoyable and successful career otherwise. This has been the first time in my life to dig deeper into the art world; viewing art, thinking about art, learning about art, co-mingling with artists and making my own art. It’s been an interesting journey so far – no deadlines, no clearly defined objectives, no clients to satisfy, no expectations from anyone. Pretty much like being a kid again.
Now I am ready to share my journey with a wider audience. I promise I won’t tell you what I’m having for breakfast. I’ll just be sharing bits and pieces along the way that I hope you’ll find interesting.