It’s been 10 years since I’ve painted. 10 years!!!! This summer, I spent many joyous, sunshine-filled mornings getting re-acquainted with oils! Here’s a peak at what I got up to.
I had to. I love the nest project and I’m not ready to leave it behind yet. Painted from life, photos and the imagination.
What would it feel like to be held in by the sky? I find so much comfort in gazing at the night sky and distant horizons. I love being shrouded in fog. So, I began to wonder, what if I could literally snuggle up in the comfort of the sky. If you think about it, what we think of as the sky envelopes the whole planet -we are in its embrace everyday. What if I could physically experience the comfort of being supported and protected by this powerful psychological touchstone? What if I could pull it closer? These little oil sketches are the beginning of my attempt to imagine what this might be like.
This is the very beginning of another project inspired by moss and the comfort of the natural environment. I see moss everywhere here in Victoria. It’s one of the reasons I moved here. It’s why I love Ireland, Scotland, Iceland and Nova Scotia. I realized when I was starting to explore this theme, that most of the wool I bought when I was in Shetland was moss-coloured. I love looking at it piled up in the studio and currently feel no desire to make it into anything other than what it is – an homage to moss.
A couple of randoms – eggs and a bowl. They aren’t part of a project, but they do represent a really lovely summer of playing with paint and I didn’t want them to feel left out.
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