I’ve been thinking about my blog and how I’ve neglected it for so long. Poor blog! The longer I stayed away, the harder it got to make myself sit down and write a post. I’ve been painting, and I’ve been writing, I just haven’t been putting it HERE!
So here’s a brief update: I hiked in Sedona… and painted this:
Sedona was magical, I came home with a renewed love of the desert and so many more images to put onto canvas. This is the first, but won’t be the last.
I hiked in the Three Sisters Wilderness with my dear friend, Amira and painted this next image. I struggled with capturing our faces and still feel out of sorts whenever I look at it. But, I decided to add it to my blog so you can see that while I may personally have trouble with some of my work, I’ve learned that other people LOVE them! And pieces I love, other people feel somewhat “meh” about. Who am I to say it’s good or bad? It comes down to your own taste.
I was commissioned to paint a beloved family member. Elkton was an older dog, and his photo’s didn’t do him justice. I managed to shave off a few years and pounds and drop him into a regal hunting pose. Here he is, surveying his kingdom:
And I painted a portrait of my son and his girlfriend. He was heading out for a job interview and Karen sent me a quick shot of their morning and a glimpse into their thoughts as she titled the photo. I loved this selfie she took; I had to capture that smirk!
Then I painted a view of my willow that seemed poignant, yet crisp and quietly vibrant. I hung it in the newly remodeled guest bedroom to bring a bit of the outside, inside.
Followed by a few fantasy images to get in touch with my feminine side and to reflect the deep introspection I had been exploring of late. I sustained an injury the previous fall that just managed to get worse over time. When you are dealing with chronic, long term pain, it helps to spend time listening to your body. I kept asking that question… what are you trying to tell me? I think my body just wanted me to sit down for awhile.
Besides these images, I’ve tooled around with some odds and ends art projects and did some remodeling on the house. I’ve had to readjust my life in the past year as I’ve been dealing with a shoulder injury that really set me back in my activity level. You wouldn’t know it by the new flooring and slate tile I managed to lay down, but still, 2017 has been my year of recovery. I couldn’t ride or hike or do my normal kinds of things, so instead, I took my “Wilderness of Women” paintings on the road. Literally. I created a presentation about my art and hiking, how each one influenced the other and gave my lecture/slide show at REI stores from Portland to Medford. It was inspirational for me as well as for others and after it was over, I began to focus on a writing project that germinated from this dog and pony show. I’ll devote another post to it, later, but for now, this one will have to do.
I think it’s time for this hermit girl to come on out of her cave and say hello to the wide world of life.