Sunday, October 13, 2013

Well, it has been a few months since my Mom's death and I have been back up in my studio painting.  This is my latest effort which I am doing for the MidAmerica Pastel Society's Small Painting Show.  The show is in November which is coming up quicker than I thought.  I still have one more painting to go for entry in the show but I am pretty happy with this first effort. 
Sometimes, when life happens in a way you have trouble coping with, it takes awhile to find your groove again.  The solitude of my studio has been a calming and peaceful place to re-connect with who I am as an artist. 
The process of painting has been a wonderful way to honor my Mom, who was my biggest fan.  It has also made me re-evaluate my life as an artist and my artistic goals.  Made me think about what truly makes me happy when I paint and where my future as an artist lies.  I think every artist goes thru periods of restructuring and soul searching throughout their career.  It's how you emerge on the other side that is important.  I'm not sure I am ready to commit to the new ideas yet, but the process has been fun and enlightening.
So, if you are struggling a little, take a step back.  Quiet the noise around you and go on your search.  It is worth the effort.
Happy painting,