I’m finally back on the blogging and painting wagon.
To start blogging again I have a new painting to share ‘Sunday’s Serenity’. It’s on hold for a customer, which was a very surprising start back into painting for me.
I hope some of you enjoy viewing my new painting.
10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″)
A display view of Sunday’s Serenity. Easel for display only.
A long shot of Sunday’s Serenity on a wall (middle)
Marguerite (left) and Serenity White (right) are still for sale. The design ‘Personal Passion’ is not for sale.
Art Diary, Getting Back on the Wagon. Tuesday 22nd March 2016
I believe at this point every good intention I had for this year can be thrown out the window! I am now just taking each day as it arrives and doing the best I can with what I have to do.
As some of you may remember I was coordinating at the gallery and it was pretty much taking over my life. Some may remember that I also said that if that happened I would have to step down as coordinator.
As much as I’d have liked to continue as coordinator, as a volunteer it wasn’t something I could realistically continue to do full time. It wasn’t an easy decision to make. There are so many talented artists not to mention fantastic volunteers. I did have to do what was right for me in the end.
It was a very valuable experience for me. I’ve learnt how much I’m capable of achieving. I’ve also learnt my limits. I’ve learnt a lot which I’m sure will serve me well into the future.
The big sticking point for me was not being able to paint. Unless an artist is looking to take a sabbatical, I don’t think it’s right to presume an artist is happy to give up their artwork for at least a year to voluntarily coordinate. Despite saying I could only volunteer part-time, I wasn’t told it was actually a full-time job. It was just assumed that I would accept the fact that, if you coordinate, then you can’t paint. I couldn’t accept that, not as a volunteer position.
I missed painting dearly and I really felt the loss of it in my life. I’ve learnt I have to trust less and ask more questions before making these kinds of life changing decisions.
I guess in the end I looked like a bit of a dramatic harpy about it. So be it. I stand by my feelings. You need to be able to make informed decisions and I wasn’t given all the information I needed to make a truly informed decision.
For myself being able to paint is more than just a possible way to maybe make a financial contribution to my household or the opportunity to share what inspires me with others, or even therapy to contain my mania and hold depression at bay. It is who I am and it’s who I want to be, someone who paints, an artist.
To that end, I have taken a deep breath, shaken off the negativity and had a serious re-think about what the heck I’m doing with myself. I have been spending my time bringing order to the disorder that my house and garden became, dusting off my studio, painting and re-designing a new website.
I hope to be able to share many new changes over the next few weeks and I hope, now having ascertained what is truly important to me to share many more paintings and my journey with painting and art with you all.
Wishing you all a creative and inspired week ahead.