So when summer comes along, I want to make the most of it and be outside whenever possible. That means that studio time is a little less, but I promise you, I make up for it during the rest of the year. From Autumn to Summer, early mornings can turn into late evenings in the studio with barely a break.
Drum roll for the invincible artist who finds a way: Painting with my left hand was much more fun and interesting than I imagined it would be. My brush strokes aren’t tight and controlled. They are loose, but still intentional and energetic, maybe even more energetic than the paintings I’ve been making lately with my right hand. There was a certain ‘Come what may’ fearlessness in applying paint to canvas with my ‘other hand’. There were no expectations of ‘perfection’, no self-imposed pressure to conform to a style. There was just curiosity to see if I could actually do it. And then I realized something else, those loose wild brush strokes were a lot like the ones I made a few years ago, before I planned for exhibitions and painted to expectations (mostly my own). I like what I created and even more so, I enjoyed the process tremendously. I surprised myself, and that doesn't happen every day!
I’ve had a glimpse into the past and into the future simultaneously. I’ve been wondering where my art would take me, how my style would evolve. I still wish I were swimming, but in the meantime, painting with wild abandon is a lot of fun.
"Deeply Rooted" opens at The Lunenburg Art Gallery on August 27th and runs to September 29th. Opening hours are 11-5 pm, with an evening Opening Reception on Friday August 30th, from 5-7 pm. We look forward to meeting you there!