I’m taking a break from the studio this week and next week
to catch up on the necessary tasks of ordering supplies,
tidying the studio, doing website updates,
and simply to catch my breath
and take some distance from painting
to evaluate direction, focus, and goals.
I find these breaks are important
to keep the creative process free from clutter,
and open to fresh avenues of thought, feeling,
and renewed commitment.
While sorting through artwork in my studio,
i noticed Paper Lotus pictured above.
I did this abstract lotus in black ink, watercolor,
and colored pencil, with 24k gold leaf accents.
It measures 7.5” x 5.5”, with a 1” white border,
ready for mat and frame.
These occasional unplanned, casual works
can be surprising to look back on
when you have been in the middle
of so many larger tasks.
Paper Lotus makes me realize how simplicity can be so enticing
and how sometimes we make things harder than need be
and miss the little things that can make life so wonderful.