The last year has been a lot about new beginnings. I’ve started teaching full time in September and I must admit that painting was pushed to the background a little. Although I’m constantly searching for new inspiration and ideas to channel into my work it has been quite challenging to keep both of my occupations equally productive. So I’ve did stop painting for some time and boy what a big mistake that was. Painting is somewhat of jealous/ high maintenance partner… Yes, if you don’t dedicate your entire time to it, it starts acting capricious and getting out of control. This is precisely what had happened to me in the past few months. i simply could not produce anything that made me feel satisfied or happy. But the good thing is I’ve managed to move out of my comfort zone and it enabled me to try new things using my favourite monotype painting technique. Since it was not going that well anyway i felt like i got nothing to loose, so I stopped trying to get a result and instead focused on the process itself, enjoying mark making like I use to. eventually things picked up again in the studio and i ended up with a few nice pieces that I like, which I’m sharing with you in this post.
For me, painting is the vehicle to articulate what I'm experiencing in my daily life. It's like a conversation with oneself. Take, for example, a moment I've experienced in class while teaching. Yes, the simple ordinary and even mundane is what I find most inspiring.
Some of these moments stick to me for reasons I can't always articulate and frankly I don't bother to overanalyze. All I know is that it made an impact of some kind on my subconsciousness and it made me feel something special! I then try to recreate what I felt at that moment on paper including specific colour scheme and the over all dynamic of the scene. Hoping that the outcome will evoke similar feelings with you, the viewer.