I can't believe I've let a year go by without posting here. My apologies if anyone has been missing me. I have been back for two weeks house sitting here in Belcarra, enjoying quite a restful time with the dogs. Working on a couple of small drawings and small paintings. One of the lessons I took from my Tuscany trip and course last spring was to spend more time on small works which will help me grow my skills faster. I always want a finished piece every time I paint. This is not necessary especially if I'm trying to learn some new skill or work with a new idea and it's not working out then move along onto another piece. Look for what thrills me in the scene or set up that I'm about to embark upon.
With my portrait project completed I feel a little adrift as to what to do next. For the last 3 years I've been working towards gallery shows and now I'm wanting to try and figure out where my passion is in painting and drawing. What really makes me excited about the work? I've heard many times it's the process but I'm not sure I believe that. I'm thinking it is something that runs deeper in me.
I've had some thrilling moments this last year while working towards the portrait show but when I think back my thoughts go to the plein air pieces, landscapes and the still life setups at the farmer's market that I did throughout the summer and my traveling in Italy. I have learned so much this past year. It's the growing and challenges in getting to that next level I believe is where my passion shines through the most. Well I guess that is my answer to what makes me passionate about this artist life I've chosen for myself. I think I will keep on this path and keep painting the things that thrill me and hope that others can feel that excitement as I work towards excellence.