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!
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.
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).
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.