Last week I was able to complete my recent commission in record time as a result of my new studio space at Wood, Metal, Clay. This painting is the second in a set of three that depict Americana themes. The third composition is set up and ready to begin this week.
Dual Studio Spaces
The last couple of weeks have been very hectic and I have had to make a lot of adjustments. The upside, and it’s a big one, is that I have completed a tremendous amount of work despite the turmoil of moving equipment and supplies to a new studio space.
The first few days, I felt oddly as if I were at the art supply store every time I went into my home studio to pack supplies for the next day at the showroom studio. I have reached a point where I no longer have to pack and carry supplies from home to showroom every day, and have consequently found myself working on more personal and experimental projects in my home studio.
For the first time ever, I am also taking time off. I have to confess that I haven’t yet succeeded in taking a full day, but the work I am currently doing comes with no expectation of outcome or quality.
New Concept Journals
I’m currently working on four new concept journals. My #wildwomanportraits journal is full so I am making a new #unconventionalwomen book to transition the series into new concepts. I also have plans for new series of birds and animals that will add symbolic elements to the portraits. In many cases the animals will stand alone as the main subject.
My #feaheredfamiliars, shown here, will elaborate on my previous fascination with birds and further illustrate their significance to the female figures they accompany.
The new #beautifulbeasts series will introduce a wide variety of subjects. The last concept journal will contain research on botanical symbolism, medicinal uses of plants, and relevant folklore.
My system may seem overly elaborate, but it allows me to have several large projects going simultaneously as well as track and explain the interconnectedness of the work.
I have packages going out this week to two friends. These are in addition to the monthly subscriptions I sent out for my Patreon supporters last week. As you can see, I have been very productive.
I received a book of poetry from my wish list this week. It was sent from a friend in Oregon. I’m looking forward to the inspiration it will bring for my new #featheredfamiliar series.
I cut hydrdrangea blossoms from the garden this weekend to hang in my studio workroom until they dry. I will use them for mixed media projects, floral arrangements, and as embellishments in my curated art boxes.
Lastly, I had a wonderful surprise this afternoon when I discovered an early bloom on my Thanksgiving cactus. The plant has grown from a cutting I was given by my husband’s great-aunt several years ago. Although I miss having Sunday tea with her, I am happily reminded of her by this surprise.