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Inspiration comes from the strangest places…

It’s interesting to me how the mind works and how it reacts to stressful situations. Stress can incapacitate a person. They can become depressed, angry or experience phantom pain as a result of too much stress. Knowing that my bodies initial response is to become withdrawn and depressed, I decided I needed to start engaging in something that would focus my mind elsewhere. It has been a while since I have forced myself to paint everyday, but it felt like now was a good time to start up again.

I want to start by saying that I would never ask for a different life. I love the life I was given but it can be stressful at times. Things that should be exciting and happy can be surrounded by stressful situations. For instance getting married, buying a home, having a baby, all of these are wonderful happy events and yet when you ask most people, they will tell you it was stressful. So you may be wondering what my recent stressor was and well it is buying a home. My husband and I are delighted, but it has been overwhelming at times. I assume this feeling will continue until I am holding keys in my hand.

I’m not sure what really started the new series of work, only that it came from this exercise of painting when stressed. The pieces have become much more involved and the integration of hands seems to have come very naturally. I initially thought it was due to so many bodies being involved in the stressful activity but now I’m not so sure. I am no longer chasing the meaning merely letting it play out. The images feel like a much more mature body of work for me and I am very excited to see the other works that develop out of this phase. I will keep you posted. In the meantime, I’ve included a few images of recent works. You can see others on my daily site, 365Days1Year.com. Enjoy and see you next time.

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So it’s not much but it’s something!

As you know I gave myself an assignment of a small set of prints which would compiled into a book format. Well as you probably expected I have yet to complete that but I have done a few of the plates. Only the branch one is finished but there are many others in the works and I hope to have a finished version to show you soon. I do however think it is interesting to see how my intentions of drawing unrecognizable things completely changed into very common imagery, but once I arrived in New Hampshire I found everyday moments so interesting I just wanted to draw that. I’m trying to interpret them my own way and put my own eye into it, but it takes some time to truly develop something real into something you can call your own. The mood in the end will be important to me since that was such an essential part of the times when I would draw. Each morning I would wake up early to be alone and uninterrupted. You start to notice everything from the slight shift in the breeze and the way it affects the branch you were drawing to the repetitive sound of small waves crashing against the waves. It was wonderful…. wish I could go back.