With the new season upon us, it always feels like a proper time to make big life changes, don't you agree? Perhaps I've been influenced by watching the army of Monarch Caterpillars we've housed make their amazing transformations from egg to chrysalis (still waiting for them to make their big butterfly reveal). I am still amazed every time I watch the caterpillars shed their skin and turn into the bright green chrysalis and wonder how they knew they had it in them all along? There's an inspirational lesson in there somewhere, I'm sure.
My transformation may not be as speedy and awe inspiring as the caterpillar's but there have been a few things I've been working on over the past month that I'm excited to reveal, nonetheless.
First, with my studio mate, Mike's, departure, I have been working hard getting the studio into some kind of new order. I forgot what it is like to have so much space as it's been 7 years since I had the studio on my own. I'll miss Mike a lot but have to admit that I'm already loving having a dedicated work space, storage, and room to spread out again.
All of this new space has got me thinking about new work. After a recent trip up north to Crow Wing State Park, I had the idea to do some studies on panel board based on photos I often take in such settings - close ups of trees, water, grass, etc. The first two in the series are not inspired by any specific imagery but felt like a good way to flesh out the idea a bit and see if the results would come close to what I imagined in my head. My goal is to be able to create a series of these new paintings on large 36x36" panel boards and show them along with the photos that have inspired the series. Until then, here are a couple of the 8x8"studies on panel board.
|"Agate Beach (Study)" | 8x8" | oil on panel|
|"Tree Bark (Study)" | 8x8" | oil on panel|