So this year, I decided to test new waters (pun intended?)—I figured out how to bring my paints along for the ride. Since I paint on fairly large canvases, I thought this impossible—small canvases just feel so confining, but I caved and brought two small boards with me and a limited supply of papers, paints, brushes and little bits of my collage materials. The limits on size and materials made all the difference.
I started out slow with some pretty uninspired work and then about day 3 I said wtf, wouldn’t it be fun to just collage the hell out of the boards and see what happens? I did & what a pleasure. It astounded me that the letting go—the play-- was just what I needed and out came “Salt Water Soft “ and “Being There.”
Salt Water Soft is about this exact journey—softening/surrendering to what this new OBX sanctuary brought to me.
Being There references Peter Sellers’ 1979 classic movie (a must watch) whose dull character, Chance, is attributed with great wisdom and insight—people seeing him as they wish him to be—and this piece is my own version of this story…
So I am at the end of my 2015 OBX vacation and yet I brought much back with me as I reinvent my art and find more time to play as I paint.
PLAY PLAY PLAY—my mantra today. Wishing for you lots of play, softness, recess, opening, bending, stretching, doing things that seem impossible, reaching beyond and bringing back some beauty with you. Namaste.