I've misplaced my quality SLR camera so I am unable to take proper art photos of my finished paintings until I find it. Pardon the phone pic quality but I do want to get this out and I can do a switch later. As I complete the unfinished paintings that have been up against a wall for months, I have been hit with some questions about where this is all going. Being I'm designing a new life, art should be part of my main conversation.
I had a terrific idea in May/June upon which to base the next art show on but it's kinda fizzled. There's been too much going on, too much of a mess to clean up from the fragments left by the sudden shift in life. As I stated before, I paint very intuitively and recently, I've been struggling to reach that place because of the constructs of what I had envisioned for the next show, which wasn't intuitive: it was planned. It was based on something very specific and I've not been able to pull all the pieces together. I tried to lay out the visuals I had and play with my compositions and it wasn't working and I don't feel the desire to figure it out in a rush to meet a self created deadline. This all has to be created in a proper state of mind or it won't be good enough and we all know what that feels like.
Instead I've shifted perspectives and gone back to some of what inspired me in the past. I sifted through a small percentage of my past photography and realized I have a lot of beautiful paintings to be created from them. I've known that for a while but never truly looked at them long enough to envision them out of what they were, which was photographs. I think it's a way to review and recreate what was never given the chance to be shown and make it into something new. This idea allows more freedom in the flow of Being and I have felt much better about painting since. While it's the original idea I had when beginning erotic photography - to paint my photos - I pulled away from art in lieu of the lens. It's kinda full circle to have that photographic imagery inspire the art I now want to create. I'm interested to see how it will present itself as a full body of work. I still plan a show in December.
I recently completed two paintings that have been waiting patiently for me to finish. One I'm showcasing today: "Her Monarchy". This is different than my norm, I think. I was pulled towards that difference, or maybe I got tired of the open leg concept. I put it aside early this year and struggled to finish this piece but the butterflies were bright and cheerful and so I focused on that to get me through the bushes so to speak. I'm happy with it.
It's been very satisfying to return to regular painting time. It's a healing and nurturing process, so let me get back to it. :)
Enjoy the new art.
"Her Monarchy", acrylic on canvas, 20" x 20".