Reclaiming My Time (And Space)

Studio from Entrance

Lots of exciting things going on in the studio these past few weeks. But first I had to clear the space in order to work. Since then, I’ve been painting away, and in the down times (what are those?) have been teaching a weekly beginning watercolor class to a group of 8 women.

I’m teaching it because I want to get better at it myself. I have taken numerous watercolor classes and workshops over the years, but never did keep it up. It was frustrating every time, and so unforgiving that I just gave up. But it has always been something I wanted to conquer, primarily because it is such a gorgeous medium when done right. I stay just a step or two ahead of the students, so it’s a win-win for all of us. Teaching gives me the discipline that I need to stay on task and practice daily.

The bonus surprise from immersing myself in watercolor is that it is making me a better painter overall. It’s a little too soon to see where that will lead, but already it’s beginning to break me out of some of my old habits and helping me to see new possibilities.

I’ve been working on several new paintings on canvas, and a new series of 8-inch square paintings on paper. I’m struggling at the moment for a title for the new series of squares, and it just isn’t coming to me yet. So I’ll stop struggling and then maybe it will reveal itself when the time is right.

Here is one canvas that I finished over the weekend.

“Spring Thaw” – Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas, 24×30 inches – Available for Sale

And here’s a peek at one of the 8″ square ones. These are acrylic on Arches 300# rough paper with a hand-deckled edge. No titles as yet.

New Series, #2 – Acrylic on 300# Arches watercolor paper

I am overjoyed to have had some recent painting sales. That has provided a great impetus to keep heading out to the studio every day.

Here’s hoping you’re having some discoveries and inspirations too. Stay creative!

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