Welcome to a new week. I hope you had a fabulous weekend. I took a little break from my deadlines and classes this weekend to get my hands dirty with paint. It has been a lovely weekend, thick with the smell of autumn leaves, soup simmering on the stove top, and the crisp blue autumn sky. Everywhere I turn is another picture postcard autumn scene that is begging to be painted. But it will all have to wait.
As I was working away at my computer, my daughter came in with a glorious bunch of autumn leaves from our maple tree. What a delightful gift, and as she handed them to me she said "Mum, you have to paint these." Sadly I didn't have time to paint them all, so she chose just one for me to scribble.
I forget how desperately I need to just sit at my drawing table and paint, especially when I've been up to my eyeballs in deadlines. But letting loose and just making a quick watercolor sketch in my journal is so energizing.
I have so much going on right now, it's head-spinning, but totally uplifting as well. Sometimes I just want to switch off all the technology and loose myself in the unconstrained creative process completely. I get very stale when I am not painting regularly, and I find myself yearning to become the student again.
I'm also feeling at a bit of a crossroad with my art lately, and knowing I need to make some decisions about what direction I am going in. When my current class commitments are met, I'll be taking some time out from teaching and focusing on my illustration work. I have several opportunities to move in different direction, and I need to decide what I'm going to take a chance on.
It's tough, stepping into the unknown, especially in the world of illustration, but I know some of these opportunities will help me become a better artist. I guess I'll see what the future holds, but for now, I'm going to focus on my blog and try to sharpen my own creative skills. Look for me in some of the awesome online classes that are around right now...it's my turn to just play amongst you all.
Enjoy your week, and thanks for checking in. xx
(This page is done using Sennelier L'Aquerelle Watercolors and Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencil in a Stillman & Birn "Epsilon" Series Sketchbook.)