When I first met my wife I asked her if she was busy on a certain day and she said, “I’m not busy. I don’t like being busy.” This is back when my friends and I were always complain-bragging about how busy we were all the time and were trying to do it all.
I’m still learning what it means to be “not busy” and be well (within capitalism, this body, etc). I think it has something to do with finding the concentration of the self that we feel when we are the opposite of spread thin. Listening to my body and saying yes whenever I can.
This is first illustration I’ve made in over a month. It’s been quiet around here. I’ve been taking space and making space. I’ve been sick and just resting until I’m better. I’ve been having good days and not spending that energy on the to do list, but keeping it for myself to enjoy.
I’m still trying to launch my website with a new series of original abstracts, and an option for custom frames handcrafted by my wife. We’re having fun with it and are several weeks behind plan A. So, new plan: the website is launching on Nov 28 (Thanksgiving, US). I’m excited to share the new series with you, as well as to make print sales much less confusing than they are over DM.
It feels like it’s been so long - how are you doing? Where you are finding space and self these days?
ID: three textured, gray watercolor shapes. The bottom one is large and lightly tinted, labeled “doing it all.” Above that is a medium size swatch with a medium tint labeled “doing less” and on top is a small and darkly tinted shaped labeled “listening to my body.” Second image is zoomed in of the two upper shapes and their labels.
Так выглядят мои маленькие палитры к работам. Иногда они становятся эскизами к будующим картинам. Они всегда очаровательны, но никогда не удается повторить их достаточно хорошо в большом размере. Я думаю, дело в смелости. Когда ты делаешь набросок на маленьких форматах, ты отключаешь все мыслительные процессы, ведь это всего лишь крохотный лист бумаги! И на выходе каждый раз получается что-то невероятное... Я собираю такие палитры и клею в свою записную книгу. (Да, вы не представляете, сколько у меня там всего интересного 😃😄). Вопрос остается открытым, как воплотить это в крупных работах?! Суть ускользает каждый раз. .
This is how my little work palettes look. Sometimes they become sketches for future paintings. They are always charming but never succeeds in repeating them well enough in large size. I think it's about courage. When you sketch in small formats, you turn off all thought processes, because this is just a tiny piece of paper! And the output every time it turns out something incredible ... I collect such palettes and glue in my notebook. (Yes, you can’t imagine how many interesting things I have there 😃😄). The question remains open, how to translate it into major works ?! The essence slips away every time. . .
These abstract landscapes have been so fun to create! I hope you love them just as much as me🤗 I know folks are mostly looking for gifty things at Holiday pop-ups (and I’ll have that too😉) but I’ll also have these with me @cabarrusbrewco on Nov 30! Hope to see you there!! #abstractlandscape#processvideo#arttimelapse
‘Memories of Donegal’, one of my fav paintings of the whole year. The sky turned out just right ✨✨ swipe to see the full painting all framed up.
It’s just one of the pieces I’ll have with me on Sunday @fineanddandymarket in the Elmwood Hall.
Found two watercolor Mindscapes that I’m ready to send off! ✨
The first is titled Wild Dreams and is mounted into an 8x10 mat with 5x7 window. The second is titled; She Goes Here to Think and is mounted into an 11x14 mat with 8x10 window. Ready to pop into your favorite frame! Just comment here or message me to claim one. ✨
Wild Dreams: $39 (includes domestic shipping)
She Goes Here to Think: $59 (included domestic shipping)