Now it is well over a week since my return from NM, and I'm getting my focus back, and sensing new directions and ideas. As much as I love travel, it does leave me feeling a bit scattered. Not only does life in general tend to fall apart while I'm gone (that would be the housework, paperwork, financial work, and overdue library books side of life)...but the studio presents its own challenges. It's disorienting to find that my paintings all look strangely different and really not as far along as they had seemed when I left. When I first got back, my studio time consisted mainly of moving panels around in an indecisive and unsatisfying manner, perhaps trying to recapture what I was seeing in my work a month ago.
But it's a good thing to get away. This week, since my travel-drained energy has returned, it's been my mission to rip things apart and make fairly big changes. I feel much clearer about what I'm after, and I attribute that to all that I experienced in NM. Amazing landscape, seeing the work of other artists, interesting conversations, reconnecting with family and friends...it was all a lot to take in, and perhaps a small period of incubation while I attended to the mundane side of life was needed. Ideas are percolating now.