So far this spring and summer have not been the most productive in the studio.
I’ve had a blank canvas on the easel for close to a month with a few images in mind but none I really want to dedicate my time to. Kind of a lame excuse really. I know if I just squeeze out the paints, pick up a brush and start painting I’ll find my groove.
It’s been a long cold winter and lately I’ve just been enjoying my time with my two year old, gardening,and running a ton. I guess I’m just recalibrating my creative spirit. Well…maybe that’s just another excuse. I love painting and I know all too well that really when it comes down to it you just have to put the work in. That said I also want to work at something that excites me and I connect to. Like planting and eating a vegetable garden, there’s a connection to weather,planting,weeding and harvesting. Food just tastes better when you’ve put the time in the dirt.
Mountain Sketch #1
Last November I decided to sign up for what will be my biggest foot race of my life. A one hundred and twenty mile event in south British Columbia. Seemed like a good idea at the time, sitting in my warm studio dreaming of mountains. I think the biggest challenge is not the race but the journey preparing for the race. The amount of time and discipline it takes to just put in the miles is a real challenge. Some days I wonder why I do these things. Why do something so long that will hurt ALOT. When I have my doubts I remind myself that doing really hard things comes with great satisfaction. Plus spending time outside doing something so simple and raw as trail running gives me a feeling of freedom in this crazy world.
Mountain Sketch #2
Obsessed with the mountains I decided to pick up a few pencils and just start sketching some of the places I’ll be running in. Drawing always seems to bring back my momentum. I feel like it connects me to why I started to paint-and when my painting feels contrived or stale it’s the drawing I return to. These past two days of sketching has ignited a new creative fire in me. It’s important to just start and momentum will follow.
In making something you connect deeply with-the end result always seems to just be better.