With the warmer days of May finally here, I thought I would talk to you about one of my latest paintings, Horizon. It is interesting to see how the creative process changes from one painting to the next. How I wish, at times, there was a recipe to replicate, but it is never the case. It is what makes theprocess of creating so beautiful and frustrating all at the same time. You think you have a winning approach and bang, for whatever reason, the flow is no longer right and the outcome is not what was. It certainly keeps me on my toes and most oftn then not, outside my comfort zone. I wonder if this will get better with experience, I guess I will find out in due time!
I am learning that creativity is like a river, it is in constant movement and really coincides with where you are in life - as a person, your mood, what you are experiencing, etc. It is teaching me patience with myself and a greater sense of inner connectivity. I will readily admit that for years, I was more connected externally than internally. This led me to push myself harder and go down roads that I am not sure I would take now if I was in front of the same decisions. Hindsight is always 20-20 though. Easy to say, harder to do.
I painted Horizon in April and it is full of movement, yet it brings me a sense of peace and serenity. It looks to the horizon with great anticipation and a sense of discovery. It also longs for a sense of adventure that, for me, has been unfulfilled since the beginning of the pandemic. I used to travel a lot, both for work and for pleasure and I find myself, just like most of you I am sure, missing just being away in a different environment, preferably in nature. It is when I step out of my “everyday” environment that I can see myself the clearest. Are you the same way?
That’s how Horizon makes me feel, to be elsewhere and rediscover that sense of self when you are surrounded with what is greater than you… while being in my studio :)