Continuing on from the first ten and the second ten, a rhythm began to emerge, an efficiency of sorts. Painting whilst also studying the Conscious Booksmith online ecourse, I was able to see that completing a body of work is what I need to do. I learnt lots in that course but also learnt to press pause on thoughts of a book as a form for my creativity. I've learnt not to give up but allow it to grow and emerge if and when it needs to.
It seems this set in this series is a lot about breaking, about breaking old patterns and dreams about letting go of old ways of working and starting again. As I painted imagined vessels, a favourite antique glass broke, one that I've had since my studio times, so I decided to make it part of these paintings.
The slight abstractions in this series, the loosening, shows my slide as the year goes on, gets cooler and wetter. It's my Heart to Home season from Valentines Day to Mother's Day, a time for personal and public festivities a time between Summer and Winter. It's a busy time but this year it's been good to spend more time in the studio. Working alone from home has always been a challenge especially with all the distractions, so this challenge has been good for me.
The last ones in this set were painted during the heavy storm we had here in Sydney. As the wind blew frantically tearing down trees in our garden and the neighbourhood, we did our best to stay still, survive in the dark and I can see now those emotions and feelings in the brightly coloured bottles doing their best to stand upright!
By then I had moved on to begin Doings of a Doodle with Diane Culhane and Carla Sonheim. It was crazy busy two weeks learning a new style of artmaking. Doodles were another theme I'd thought of for this series as I've done a lot of doodling in my Winter Dreaming. It's been a great course, I've done lots of fun things and I've met lots of wonderful doodle-loving people.
Now as I pass one third of my way through this 100 Artworks Challenge, part of me wants to shift with the seasons, go with my new learnings. It was a happy accident to see the effect of stacking all the paintings with their colourful edges. The layers of 3mm MDF sheets reminding me of fairytales, of the Princess and the Pea … see how my mind is shifting, my heart is slipping into dreams? Soon we'll be turning on the heaters and I'll be diving deep into my winter sleep, layers and layers deep!
Thanks, as always,for popping by. I hope you've enjoyed what you've seen.
other posts about this challenge include:
100 Artworks Challenge #1-10
100 Artworks Challenge #11-20
100 Artworks Challenge #21-35