One of the challenges I have found in making my art is to remember where it is all headed. Life experiences play a huge part in this grand scheme. One day I catch glimpses of the direction of my art-making and this helps bring a new clarity to inform the next painting I begin.
Lately, my art making has suffered from the euphoric effects of Italy….meaning I’m still in a fog; reminiscing and longing for the picturesque landscapes from the latest Sketch and Cook adventure in Orvieto, Italy.
It was a week of belly laughs, great art, fellowship and superb food.
I sit and drink my coffee at my kitchen island in the mornings and peruse through my photos on my phone. I think about wandering the medieval streets, re-living the angles and door hardware in the doorways, the meandering pathways, and robust farm fields filled with olive trees and grapevines.
All of these memories are stored in my phone for easy access every morning. Looking back over the images by date takes me immediately back to a particular morsel of a moment; the smell of the pasta sauce, my favorite cooking lesson and the picturesque spaces we painted and toured.
I weed through the treasure trove of images editing the color, cropping and magnifying to capture a different composition; all in the hope of the perfect subject matter to paint.
I remind myself to “pick three objects and simplify”. Words I often comment to my painting students to do with their own subject matter.
The group of ladies who travelled with Evelyn and I on the tour were in some cases much older than myself. In fact, I was the youngest person on the Italy tour. But it didn’t bother me as their collective perspective during our travels changed my view of the trip. Many heart warming conversations shared their collective wisdom; a wisdom earned and drawn from years of joy, pain and thoughtful reflection.
Once home, I found myself re-evaluating the whole tour and am thankful to all of the ladies for their unique personalities and unconditional “thoughts” during the trip…words of wisdom to reinforce my art journey. These thoughts serve as the daily reminder when I sit down at the easel to paint of where my art is headed in the upcoming year.