This week, something became unstuck for me...thankfully, I've lost the feeling of just wading through mud that clung to me after my return from NM. Some of that, I'm sure, was the fatigue of travel (20+ hours each way! followed by my little jaunt up to Lake Superior--see last posting.) But mostly it struck me as the let-down that is so common after pushing towards a big exhibit. Usually for me, that's a good time to take a studio break--but because I owe new work to several of my galleries (neglected in my push towards the show) I did not take time off. I really need to get several things finished and delivered before I leave for Spain on September 3.
And then, somehow, I just worked through it, and the past couple of days things are alive in the studio again, and colorfully so! Which is a surprise, because I came back from NM with high-contrast, black.white/gray paintings on the brain. Instead, I'm reaching for tubes of purple, yellow greens and other unexpected colors, and really, really enjoying myself. I considered putting a studio shot on here, but I think I'll just keep all this to myself for awhile, and allow any changes that are incubating to happen.
In another way I am moving on, also. DHL never located the missing box containing panels from two of my paintings that I had shipped to Santa Fe for my show. In the car, I brought back the still bubble-wrapped panels from those two paintings that did arrive safely. And the other day I took all the wrappings off and put them back into play. One panel has already been recycled into a finished painting, and the other is on its way. Except for filing some paperwork, that chapter is closed. Not a happy ending, but I can live with it.