8 Weeks...

From today I will be hanging my first solo exhibit in a local Gallery in town. I have been thinking about displaying a body of work for a while. Committing to a date is a step in the right direction. Today I wanted to share a glimpse into my studio & some pieces I've been working on. Maybe some of these paintings will make it into the show; maybe not. The experimentation and creative process is the true gratification. I don't know if anyone will connect with my work or if any of it will actually find a permanent home. 

This journey I'm on keeps getting better every day. Each little step is leading me in the right direction. I don't think too far ahead. I do make lists of what I hope to accomplish in a day. Maybe studio time will happen, or perhaps my family and doing errands will fill the hours while I am awake. I have been teaching more painting classes lately which has been quite enjoyable. It is nice to interact with other creatives & hear their personal stories. Balancing life is sometimes a juggling act. I find I am a better mother & wife if I take time for myself. Painting is what I often need to balance myself out. I try to stay in the moment while I'm in my studio as I know my time is limited. When I have time to relax in the evening with my husband, you can often find us watching Netflix. Lately we have enjoyed several documentaries on artists/musicians that I have found quite inspiring. "Montage of Heck Kurt Cobain", "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" & "Amy" (Amy Winehouse). It's fascinating to see how others work & what drives them to create, if you are looking for something to watch check them out.

Detail of a larger painting I recently finished. In this section I layered multiple colours & scratched details in creating lines and shapes. I tried to stick to a neutral palette of black & white...however my love of colour found its way in.

Detail of a larger painting I recently finished. In this section I layered multiple colours & scratched details in creating lines and shapes. I tried to stick to a neutral palette of black & white...however my love of colour found its way in.

Another detail from a piece which has yet to be named. The diamond shape appears multiple times.

Another detail from a piece which has yet to be named. The diamond shape appears multiple times.

A little closer to the opening night I will share more details about the date & location of the show. If you are local come check it out & say hi!