I was going to let you imagine that this is the start of my year, all sunshine and walks along the beach but to tell the truth it is raining and grey outside and in a couple of hours I am back to work.
It has been a typical start to another year. Still clearing the leftovers from the fridge and trying to ration the mountain of chocolate that we were gifted with so as to not feel completely like gluttons.
Work has been fit around public holidays and public holidays have both been productive and lazy.
And surprise surprise, there is blue paint all over the keyboard of my laptop.
I decided to start 2014 with a clean out of the girl cave or studio as I am bravely starting to refer to it (despite still feeling that it is a little pretentious)
Paintings have been hung, others given away and some have been consigned to the “rebirthing” pile.
My inspiration board is now over my desk so most importantly, my fireman calendar is just where I can see it.
And I have started a painting.
This painting has not gone in the direction I had planned.
I wanted to paint a shell, closeup on a beach.
I drew the shell. A couple of times until I was happy with the general shape and flow.
I recycled a canvas (bye bye awful apples in bowl with weird teatowel) and started painting what I hoped would be a simple background
Which became a painting on it’s own
And now the shell idea wont work
(I know, I tried and I hated it)
The sandhills are being shaped and I am putting into practice the lessons of light and shadow.
It still isn’t finished. I am not sure where it is going still. Stuff needs to be fixed….
But I am enjoying the process. I am making it up as I go along. My memories of wind swept, desolate, wild and empty beaches my reference.
Working without a photograph is something I haven’t done in a long time.
There are moments of panic, of wanting to just start over, but as I play with colour and light, I continue to learn what works, and what doesn’t.
And it is fun.
So my new year has begun. With blue hands and a tidy desk.
Simply take each day as it comes with a smile.