Wednesday, February 22, 2012
"The bad paintings have to be painted" - Agnes Martin
Although I have been so focused on my painting this winter, I have been taking some time to read some very good art books including the new one out about Agnes Martin's work - it is wonderful, I would love to see her work in real as they truly don't reproduce well.
Not only have I been getting a lot of painting done, I've had some break-throughs with new colors, a new winter-birch series as well as a few new 'texture' ideas - WOW! -this really keeps me 'in the studio'! But it doesn't always go well, as all artists know, there are times when you doubt your new discoveries, wonder about the new color palette, aren't quite sure of the new textures. Doubt and fear can stop you in your tracks - so I for the most part decided a long time ago to just let things happen as they will - although this is hard at times, I find that if I follow my gut feeling it usually works out. Sometimes it just takes me awhile to realize it.
This winter I decided to teach a few workshops here in my studio and I am having such a great time 'sharing' my passion for art. Every class was filled and I even added more classes but that is it until next January when I will definitely come up with new ideas and inspiration to share. Oh, I forgot, that isn't it - I will be teaching a collage workshop on Madeline Island this summer - final plans are still in the works.
I am feeling lucky to be able to do what I love to do! Thank you for your encouragement, inspiration and support of my artwork . . . it keeps me painting!