As I’ve been working on scripts and lessons for an upcoming online course these past few months, something I keep coming back to is a theme of creativity and guarding our creative energy. I think this past year has been really instrumental in learning that lesson for myself.
A year ago last week, I packed up all of my paints and brushes in my temporary Arizona studio and put them in a box, not knowing that I wouldn’t really touch them much in the next 365 days. But, outside of a few commissions and some touch-ups on nearly-done pieces, I ended up not painting again in 2020.
I think a lot of us experienced a similar moment last year when we were still and quiet for maybe the first time in a long time. I realized that I hadn’t painted a painting for myself in…maybe not years. A painting for the joy of painting, not a painting for a show or a deadline or a gallery or an event. And, I also realized that the place inside of me that paintings came from kinda felt empty.
I'm excited to finally debut this foursome of paintings! I first sketched out the idea for them in February 2016, and have been painting them on and off since last August. For a few years now I've wanted to do a series of paintings in the vein of an Art Nouveau series - especially those by Alphonse Mucha - where some aspect of nature is personified. Rather than using figures as Mucha would have done, I of course wanted to use animals.
To kick off my new website and the launch of my online print sales, I'm offering a special savings from November 29, 2016 - January 1, 2017! The special prices will apply to both prints and originals, with select original paintings 10% off, original studies 15% off, and fine art prints 20% off.