Spring Cleaning makes me want to throw everything out and start fresh. I have to stop myself. I have these dreamy ideas of a clean luther free space but then I am attached to the memory of the things I want to ditch. Which is healthier?
I am finally back in my studio, moved everything back in this week and therefore I am able to think big about my paintings again. Every year I have to move everything out of the studio due to the fact that the building is not a 4 season building. Someday I will turn it into a proper insulated, mouse, wasp free building but for now I deal with the seasonal moves.
This winter I chose to move everything into the in the kitchen, which was not a great move! Although the view is stunning the backlight coming from the windows made it nearly impossible to paint during the day! I like to paint from 2 pm to 6pm. I couldn't see what the heck was really happening on the canvas, and painting with overhead florescents as my only light source was just not doing it for me .
I am happy with the work I did get finished (see attached) but I never spent a second creating work other than what I was commissioned to do.
So I am back in to my wonderful seasonal space which is all clean! and I am actually excited to start working on my Fall'12 exhibition. My first in NYC.
Spring. Yellow, purple, blue, green. Rain. Cleaning.
Thinking of what to grow in the garden, what needs to be fixed on the house, what should be given away or tossed.
Watching the birds make nests, listening to the peepers making a racket at night, feeling dramatic changes in weather. Spring is the creative process in action, I have a lot to learn.