Life gets better each day. I laugh when people tell me I have a life of leisure. Hah! Yes, I am fortunate to spend my days exploring the world with pen and brush. That Life of Leisure, however, is also a business that demands hours every day at my computer as well as many other, not so delightful, tasks. And … it is worth it. I continue to meet amazing people along the path I have chosen to wander.
When exploring a place I’ve never experienced before, my eyes and mind are alert, like those of a child for whom almost everything in life is unknown. I’m reminded of my personal point of view and preferences as my heart skips a beat when I see a curved shape of metal serving a purpose and displaying beauty and fine craftsmanship.
Nature mingles with pavements and paint, creating gorgeous abstractions that change with the weather and the setting sun.
I have the opportunity to revisit favorite artists, viewing paintings I’ve only seen in books, thanks to changing exhibits advertised on posters in train stations and on buses. Claire, a lovely Parisienne I met while sketching in a park, joined me when I visited Au Temps De KLIMT – La Sécession à Vienne at the Pinacothèque de Paris. Afterwards, she gave me a guided walking tour through Montmartre. A few days later, she cooked a delicious, authentic, cous cous for me in her home! I am working much harder on my French so that I may converse with her young son when I visit them next September. These experiences and inspirations end up on canvases in surprising ways.
I was adding more texture to the canvas with the plan of glazing additional color over the texture. The pattern began to remind me of the design elements I adore in Klimt’s work. I changed my plan and playfully proceeded to resolve my painting by enhancing the dance of the textures guided by the influence of Klimt and having seen the recent exhibit where I could study his technique more closely.
As much as I enjoy my alone time, lost in the world of creative endeavors, I like to share my excitement and discoveries with other artists. My blog allows me to share my life as an artist with people around the world. I find that amazing having grown up at a time when I had to lug my portfolio on buses and trains to galleries and art directors. I don’t begrudge the time I spend sharing information simply by dancing my fingers on a keyboard. But I do wish the days were longer and I do wish that I could clone myself so that one of me could be in the office and the other one sketching and painting.
Thank you for following me on my journeys. It is because of your dedication to creativity that I can travel and explore and go to bed with a smile on my face.