I don’t know about you, but these final weeks of winter and the huge piles of browning snow are wearing. Have you found that it’s easy to get a little stuck in these colder dark months? As a native Texan, I have. The common theme that seems to really pronounce its self during this time, is the “Not enough-ness”; not enough energy, there’s not enough time, there’s not enough…
I just sent off a lot of large work to Sausalito, California to the new Sentience Gallery last month, and my studio has been emptied. I was feeling exhausted & depleted. But each day I set down to make new paintings & installed a show this month at the Cup N’ Top in Florence, MA.
What helps me keep momentum are the colors that come spilling out of the tubes of paint. There’s enough color combinations to fill a life-time, enough subjects that are exciting to render, and enough time for the mind to quiet down & just enjoy what is. Working with color trains the eye to notice the nuances of how it is working in the wider world at all times. Even dirty puddles reflecting gray-blue skies & bare tree limbs on gray days seem to hold the secrets to everlasting beauty. Have you noticed the color of the snow at dusk? It’s spectacular. Winter in New England has some quiet gifts to offer about slowing down and taking notice.
BUT ENOUGH ALREADY!
We’re ready for spring here in Massachusetts! I don’t mean to speak for everyone. I mean, if you’re holding onto your warm sweaters and soaring energy bills, then by all means…
On a final note, if you’re in the Western Massachusetts are, this month at the Cup N’ Top in Florence, MA you can find some fresh paintings welcoming warmth & color. Also, feel free to check in on my online store each week on ETSY, there are always new paintings to be found. I’m happy to work with you on your own inspirations and budgets.
I hope you are feeling the warmth & light sinking into the days.