As I prepare for my solo show at Fabulon (mark your calendars for the reception on January 8th!), I’ve been thinking a lot about inspiration.  I’m paying more attention to what inspires me, and how to translate that in my work. There are so many directions I would like to try, and it’s been a challenge to focus my energy in a clear, strong and cohesive manner.  I want my pieces to stand on their own, but also to complement each other as a group.  Easier said than done!

a sneak peek of a few pieces in the show...

a sneak peek of a few pieces in the show...

Living in gorgeous Charleston, SC, I am inspired on a daily basis.  I take countless pictures of all the moments that strike me.  The volume of ideas I would like to pursue is very exciting, but also a bit overwhelming when there is a clear deadline in the (not so distant) future. 

These past few months have been very eye opening for me as an artist.  I am becoming more disciplined and developing my technique and style, and I am learning a lot about my strengths and... how should I put this... areas for improvement.

these are a few examples of the "inspiration pictures" I snap throughout the week... some become paintings and some just take up iPhone storage space

these are a few examples of the "inspiration pictures" I snap throughout the week... some become paintings and some just take up iPhone storage space

The biggest lesson I have learned so far is that I am IMPATIENT. I am impatient to start on a new piece right away when the idea hits me.  I am impatient when a piece isn't coming along as quickly as I would like.  I am impatient for my base layers to dry. I am IMPATIENT to accomplish everything I want to accomplish.  I have learned that I need to take a chill pill, otherwise my work will suffer.  I need to find the balance of pushing myself to be productive and disciplined, but not at the expense of the quality of my work (or sanity).

a few pics of my studio assistants and I hard at work...

a few pics of my studio assistants and I hard at work...

Since this will be my first exhibition, I want to stay true to my “roots” as an artist.  The January show will be all about my first love: florals and organic beauty.  It might be difficult, but it’s the most fun and rewarding work I have ever endeavored.  I am painting more now than ever before, and I am beyond excited (and yes, pretty impatient) to see the final product hanging in Fabulon from January 5th-30th.  

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