After a two year lapse I am back to blogging. We moved house, down - sized, removed excess stuff including metalworking materials and tools etc. I also decided it was time to give up enameling after 45 years. It was an easy decision and timing was perfect. Life requires that we give up that which is no longer so important, but this sometimes takes a while because we tend to hold on to what is familiar, even if it becomes a burden. Lately, I have enjoyed just playing with watercolors, drawing intricate designs with lots of circles, and making handmade books. these books have several purposes; to accommodate my small drawings, poems, and especially a vivid, inspiring dream I had a few months ago. I will address these in later posts. For now it is good to get back to the blog, pay attention to the quiet whispers of soul and listen deeply.
I much enjoy the calm and quietness of making one mark at a time without much preplanning except for choosing a color palette.
Summer has flown and winter is just around the corner. I have continued playing with paint, pouring, tilting the board, letting colors flow. It is freeing and lots of fun.
We recently returned home after attending the Society of Layerists in Multi media,(SLMM), conference in Hays, Kansas. It was a wonderfully inspiring experience of visiting artists' studios, exploring the outsider art in Russell, Kansas, taking workshops, and most of all enjoying the camaraderie of like- minded artists , spouses, and guests. I am honored to serve as a board member for SLMM and promote our premise of cooperation, sharing, helping each other, rather than the completion so prevalent in art and life. On our return home I continued working on collages and find this process great for developing design skills. Sometimes it is one step forward and two back but the results are gratifying. Ahh, the joys of intuitive painting!