It has always been true for me that when my spirit suffers, so does my productivity. In fact, for a while, all my creative impulses were squeezed right out of the picture by more pressing concerns. It was a lot like when my teenagers were still babies, and I had very little time to paint. I became adept at composing art in my head. I could visualize each step of the process and follow the concept all the way to the finished piece. I spent a lot of time doing just that, dreaming my way through a lot of paintings before I had the opportunity to get my hands back on a brush.
After this year of chaos, the creative thoughts are flowing once again. My stack of little sketches is growing faster than I can paint, and I've got a lot of catch-up to do. I'm back to work, thank goodness. Doing art in my head was important to me, but it's much more rewarding and easier to share when I actually get it out of my mind and onto the canvas.
I have two paintings in the Plein Rain Show at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center opening this Friday, November 7th. I hope you can be there.