I know it’s a strange title but in keeping with the recent weather here in the North Island of New Zealand. I painted over the beginnings of a still life composition that wasn’t quite coming together. A number of layers later the final image immerged…
What started as simple bands of colour representing the landscape became an intuitive exploration of collage, contrast and colour. Mixed media approximately 12 x 16″ on Fabriano Artistico 300gsm paper.
On a chilly damp day I can’t help but use warm vibrant colours, they literally draw me in! So here is a little colour to brighten up your day. These are a series of 6×6″ semi abstracted floral studies.
I have struggled lately with the lack of playfulness and joy that has become apparent in my art practice. My focus has been on the accuracy and result rather than the freedom and joy found in the process of creation. The excerpt from ‘Lifelabs’ below reminded me of the importance for my own art practice of balancing these two elements.
‘Being creative is meditative. Taking the time to use our hands, minds, and energy doing something we enjoy and that makes us happy is of highest importance in life. Creativity is fun, and doing anything that brings joy reduces our stress levels and improves our quality of life’.