Sunday, 7 April 2013
Hello! Since my last writing, a lot has happened that made me think about the difficulties of being a self-employed painter. I have been given notice that my house/studio of 10 years is about to become a holiday-let (pay attention guys - you too may want to stay in this delightful house one day!) As of June 1, 2013, I will be once again on the road, so to speak. I'm choosing to look at this challenge as a soft shove out the door to embrace the next direction my life will take; a challenge that life has become too comfortable, once again! I've felt it coming for some time, written about it even! And the 'floating' I did this past winter was well placed! It seems, so far, that I'm choosing between finding a way to stay in Glenfinnan or leaping into the void, and finding a place for me, my horse and cat to live and work in the south of France! The problem is, how to keep creating in the midst of all the chaos, anger, frustration, and especially fear that accompanies such moments in life, regardless of one's possibly enlightened viewpoint! It feels like life has been chaotic since notice was given, and that its a small miracle that I've been able to paint at all! I did manage to finish the Biot painting (among a few others); and, as promised I'm showing you that, along with others I managed to complete before life's distractions derailed me once again! Along the way, a very dear friend took me to Iona (one of the inner Hebridean Islands of Scotland, not far from Glenfinnan); always a magical place of peace and discovery for me! Best part this time was that I was able to do a small pleinaire painting on the beach one day. Sitting in the sand painting, cursing the wind, enjoying the sun, taking loads of photos, and loving every minute of the day! The result is at the top of this note! All this brings me to the title of this blog: A Little Distraction! And how difficult it is to keep painting through all of life's trials, challenges, and celebrations; and, how important it is to do just that - KEEP PAINTING - and yet, be kind and accept the need to run around like a chicken with its head cut off!!! For 3 weeks now I've looked at a canvas, drawn on and ready to receive paint, and have been too distracted or afraid to touch it, even though I KNOW it will help ground me, help me to hear the whispers of the universe! The short weekend at Iona just last week helped ground me, and now I do everything I can to be around the painting (even if its reading a short novel) so that one minute I'll be able to just pick up the brushes and START!
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
We all know that one of the most important things for any artist is light. Before anything else, I believe its the light that I see, then the color, sound, feel of a place, person, scene that makes me want to paint it. Then, once back in the studio - since I live in a place where pleinaire work is difficult to do, due to the weather - I need to recreate that light on the canvas. I'm saying all this, because since my last blog, I lost 2.5 weeks due to the dreaded flu, then of course, the dry, cold, sun that was present most of the time I was ill, disappeared. And I've been attempting to work for the past few days, even with daylight bulbs, on a painting from the Cote d'Azur. I need to feel the heat, hear the cicadas, as well as come up with the right light on the canvas. Difficult, when the daylight outside approximate's about 4pm all day..... I'm proceeding, slowly, with this painting; but, I've got to make sure that the street scene from Biot has Biot light, rather than rainy Scottish day light! I realized I wanted to talk about this light, this need to remember a quality of light I've not FELT in nearly a year when I sat and looked at the painting and screamed ,"aargh!" at my frustration about how slowly this complicated little painting is actually going! Part of me says, "ok already! I've watched enough NCIS/NCIS LA/HAWAII 5-O, read enough trashy novels for a lifetime! Its time to let it flow....!" Forget the fact that it IS flowing....just slower than I'd like. (Again, the puritan work ethic!) Next blog you read will include the finished piece. Among others - since this creative slow streak is also creating a backlog of sweet little paintings itching to come out!
Monday, 7 January 2013
Friday, 17 August 2012
New work to show, all a result of my slowly recovering focus on my painting! I'm fluctuating back and forth between Scotland and France - still seeking sunshine. Seeking light! Slight interruptions by suddenly active B&B, but definitely feeling the muse lately! I offer two paintings - one from each. The Allt Thuim Summer painting is a summer view from a favorite spot I've worked from before; but this time, seeking green and light rather than muted reds and browns and drama. Valbonne Square speaks for itself. A lovely place to sit and absorbe the sun (I was there in March, with a horrid cold....nothing like trying to fit in and be part of the fabric of a place, dripping and sneezing and pretending you don't have a fever at all....). But there, with my perfect salad and glass of wine, I forgot my woes and enjoyed watching the people, the light, the action of this lovely, favorite square.
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
I am back at the easel again. Really didn't start again until March, and even then its been slow! But I took another inspirational trip to the South of France at the End of March, after spending 3 weeks painting fairly solidly! Illness, grief, and trying to find my way back to the easel slowed me; but now I'm back. Truly. the first painting I did only last month (June), was a lovely landscape overlooking Les Ardrets all the way across to Le Corniche! That painting sold before it was dry! I've also begun a newsletter - which will hopefully bring my clients around the world closer to my studio through the medium of the internet! I'm also searching.....searching for my next project! While I love painting ceilidhs and Scottish landscapes, love painting in France, I still feel like I'm casting about for an anchor like the one CEILIDH! provided for me here in Glenfinnan, and like WALTZ ACROSS TEXAS provided for me when I launched as a full-time artist! Perhaps it will be in Morocco, or even something closer to home.... I'm open to whever direction my heart and feet take me!
Saturday, 4 February 2012
I've been absent for a number of months. 2011 was the year of tremendous ups and downs, most marked by, first of all, the final illness and death of my beloved Mother, which spanned about 4 months. I continued to work until I had to leave for the final visit, when she died; but haven't touched a brush or written since. It has felt right to sit in silence for awhile. But now, it seems, I may be ready to emerge once again. Now, I believe the painting will help the healing. And so we begin again - a different person than the one who sat at my Mom's bed.
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
I can't believe how long its been since I've written anything. All I can say is that the focus has been more visual than verbal! The painting has been flowing, and yet, there still seems to be so much effort in it that I just don't have the energy for anything else!
I think that the cure is a new point of view; a new vision so that I can look at where I am with new eyes! In that light, I'm heading to the South of France tomorrow morning. Just a week, of nothing but sketching, taking pictures, seeing old friends and meeting new ones, and very possibly, painting. Only a week, but enough to renew the inspiration! I'll come back to this then!