With Mother's Day in the recent past, I was remembering all the strong women who mothered me through the years. In addition to my own mother and mother-in-law, there were many, and so on Mother's Day and in the following days, my heart honored them all. I was grateful to have my kids with me on Sunday to help with some gardening chores and to celebrate. I am indeed fortunate to have such a loving family.
The troublesome painting that obsessed me has been turned face down in a corner so I cannot see it. I spent so much time---three full days---fretting, applying paint, removing paint over and over again, yet have nothing of pride to show for it. Lately, I have trouble with abstract shapes and forms. Nothing feels right. As a representational artist for so many years, I am very used to painting what I see, so painting something I don't see is extremely difficult. I must loosen up and be free with my large gestures. To move forward, I started 3 new paintings including this one, and am hoping I can gather some inspiration. My favorite artist has a free "taster" 8 day class beginning on May 20, so I know I will learn a lot and will be swimming in inspiration and ideas. Can't wait.
I hope you are well and enjoying nice weather. It was in the 80's today.