2020 – I am so glad you’re here! I had a fantastic year of ART in first half of 2019 and a few new collectors. I’ve really focused on my art growth and am so grateful of the connection when collectors see it and purchase my work. Robert Henri says, “Art is the giving by each person of their evidence to the world”. I feel this every time a sell a piece.
Missing in Action
I’ve been missing in action during the last half of 2019. Not meaning to be negative – just factual: Our house was hit by lightning, a phlebotomist hit a nerve in my arm causing a 6-week arm sling stint when I could not use my painting arm, we evacuated for another hurricane, my better half broke his elbow in five pieces which required surgery and 2 months PT, and I got a stress reaction in both feet requiring ski boots on both feet for almost 4 months, not mentioning pneumonia and contracting RSV (google it – worst cold virus you get).
Designing and Building
Did I mention we’re also building a house? None of the eventualities above would be enough to distract me from painting, but building a house is a whole new ball game without feet to boot (pun intended). I knew it would be a challenge, but I never knew it would be like this! The good news is that we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel and I will have a brand new art studio at home!
We designed our new home from the ground up. I’ve never done this and the level of detail is incredible. By the time we got to 2019, I thought it would be all downhill. Nope. So many decisions have to be made on every level of detail; the nuts and bolts all matter. When you buy a home that is already built, you buy what you’ve accepted to be to your taste. When you build, every decision, including the color hinges and size columns are things only you can decide and no one is there to do it for you. Enter the cereal aisle of George Orwell’s 1984. The choices are overwhelming at times!
I’ve always admired Interior Designers. They seem to have flair and a level of creativity on levels that a painter doesn’t have access to. They work in 3D and their concepts and ideas are planned in such a complex manner. They mix vertical and horizontal landscapes with textures, reflections and dimension that is totally different than painting. I believe they see with different eyes than a painter. The level of professionalism to achieve their work is remarkable.
This new year is bringing many new beginnings into my life and I am so happy that our new surroundings will be energizing and I can focus more on my art again. In addition to selecting colors for our house, I’ve also designed a new at home studio that will have north light, plenty of space and great ventilation. Right now, I’m deciding on the paint color for my walls, which will be a good mid level grey, perfect for the ambiance of my still life set ups. I’ve spent extensive and deliberate hours researching studio lighting, colors and set up, so this will be a beautiful result of that hard work in our new home. I am so excited to see what 2020 brings and I have full intention to get back to art as soon as I can meet the builder’s deadlines for wall colors and fixtures and my feet cooperate. We’re almost there. I’ll be up and running in no time.
Goodbye 2019. Hello 2020!