|"Aesthetic Bachelor Under Construction", 9x12" mixed media on canvas board. Available.|
I haven't posted here in a month. There are a few reasons... people are on vacation and don't read much over the summer, and I haven't felt much like writing. I haven't actually felt much like doing anything, so for once in my life I decided to go with it and not guilt myself into working when I just didn't want to. I seem to do a lot of that.
I went to a cottage with my sister for a few days early in the month. I hadn't intended on sitting around doing nothing, but a little spill down the stairs my first day there ensured there wouldn't be much of anything going on for the duration. My foot swelled up so much I couldn't get my shoe on. I limped around for over a week until I could get to my physiotherapist, who did something incredibly painful to my back/leg but seemed to have set me back on the road to normal. (seriously... she made me cry, it was that painful. Like wtf? If it hadn't seemed to have fixed the problem I doubt I would be going back. Now I'm more convinced than ever that this woman is some kind of magician). I'm fine now, but can't quite manage the enthusiasm to resume my normal activities. She gave me the ok to get back to the gym this week, but it's not on my agenda today. Or probably tomorrow. It's been weeks, and i just don't feel like it. I know once I get there and get moving it will make me feel better, but that doesn't seem to matter to me right now. I'm going to have to force myself.
I've been working on a few small paintings on my downtime. I bought a pile of 9x12" canvas boards to do some plein air studies while up north, but then didn't touch them. So I'm using them for some small abstracts I'm going to put on my website at bargain prices. I've heard from so many people that the price of originals is totally out of reach, which I think is really unfortunate. If I can offer a selection of pieces that are more affordable, then that is what I will do. I'm going to be doing these anyway because I already bought the boards... they'll just stack up otherwise.
I'm doing the Arts on the Credit Tour again this year, on Sept 14 and 15th. I'm in the same spot as last year, but with different people. My sister will be joining me this time, with her collection of watercolour and acrylic landscape and wildlife paintings. Should be a fun weekend. I love that people in Port Credit get to visit businesses they might not otherwise get to, and see what's in the neighbourhood. And Revive Pilates is a really beautiful spot, in this great, old renovated house. I hope the weather is nice.
I'm also going to be teaching at Kaleidoscope Studios on October 5th, working up a small abstract for this one day workshop. It should be messy and fun, and everyone will go home with something completely different. A good starter for anyone interested in intuitive painting.
If you are interested in participating in any of these things, there is more info and links on my website. Hope you all had a great summer. Labour day is next weekend, so I guess that's it. Sigh. It seems to get shorter every year.