I’m on a personal Art Retreat!
For the next few months I’m not painting artworks, I’m just refilling the creative well.
going to places & coastlines that inspire me.
Collecting photos of interesting shapes, colours & rhythms in nature.
Enjoying the art of other artists that I admire.
Reading art books
Writing in a daily journal
Bush and beach walks, exploring the boat harbour
Discovering a fresh sense of ‘WONDER’!
BEING KIND TO MYSELF
The aim is to come back refreshed, ready for my solo exhibition mid November & with a renewed joy in my art business & creating works inspired by my passion; the coastal landscapes of Australia.
To be honest, the past few years have been hard going & several times I thought of quitting art altogether.
But anyone who knows me knows I’m not a quitter.
Just recently I needed emergency surgery while interstate. Thankfully I’m recovering but it made me think about what’s important.
Enjoying life, my family & doing what fills the soul with joy came up top of the list.
I can’t create art focusing on what will sell. I have to create what brings me joy and fills me with life!
As a professional artist , there is always the pressure to paint what we think will sell. We need to make an income, pay those bills, buy food and of course, more art supplies.
Creating work that sells well rather than what really fills us with passion and excitement, may not sound like a big deal but honestly, I find it creatively stifling.
And so, my aim is to once again regain that sense of ‘wonder’! Exploring the natural world in abstract, experimenting with materials and ideas.
And not worrying about whether people love it or hate it.
We have to paint for ourself first!
This is a bit of a long post but I wanted to share where I’m at.
It’s a fresh chapter & I’m going to take my time letting it unfold.
Anyone relate? Share in the comments below. ❤️