I find my artist-self to be a bit unpredictable. Just when I think I have her figured out, my heart and soul hold a secret meeting and decide to take her on a new adventure. Usually it takes my brain a while to catch up. I struggle in the studio, trying the tried and true techniques that served me well in the past- only to discover they aren’t working anymore. I take a step back until inspiration hits. Suddenly I start making little sketches on envelopes, napkins, steamy shower walls and discarded mail. Shortly thereafter I dive right in.
After an amazing year playing with extreme texture and color and advocating for social justice using large canvas, I seem to be heading in a new direction artistically. I suppose my heart needs to play for a bit and perhaps find its way back to a gentler time. I know better than to ignore my inner artist, so I am giving her permission to have some fun. It looks like for now, my days will be spent creating small whimsical pieces that make my heart happy and bring to mind the the lessons I learned on Evening Street.
Once it became clear that my black lab Simon and his trusty sidekick Izzy were going to be the stars of the show, I decided to call these paintings the Simon Says Series. I hope they bring a smile today.