I have the ideal studio in my imagination. There would be large, tall, north facing windows, high ceilings, and hardwood floors, lots of space, good storage, and a wood stove or fire place. Though I have yet to have all these conditions at once, I have been blessed with a place to work from as far back as I can remember. I have learned to make the best out of whatever space I have, and that the most important thing is to arrange a space that feels inspiring and is always ready for me to get to work.
Experiences make up who we are and ultimately for me, influences the artwork that I make. I had many great experiences this year, and I thought I would break it down for you all, showing some highlights of each month with some behind the scenes pictures of the paintings I’ve created, as well as some of the adventures and experiences that inspired me.
We all have things we want make happen. It can be overwhelming and discouraging to try to manage all of life’s responsibilities while still making time to do the things we love. It is common to look at a really successful artists and think they must have been sprinkled with pixie dust at birth. You might think you could never be that good so why even try? However, the truth is that every great artist once had to learn how to draw, and to persevere. Once momentum is built, creating can seem effortless. However, we all fall off track from time to time and it can be difficult to get back on. I have learned some tricks over the years to overcome this, and I would like to share them with you here.