Even though I have been blogging every week with the fabulous interviews of fellow Artists and Crafts people. I haven't really updated you as to my situation for a while.
Since giving up my studio in December and loosing my Dad in January I have been a little bit unfocused. I went from being very busy teaching and travelling to visit my Dad, to being completely on my own with nothing to do. It great in so many ways, I am enjoying the freedom, the first time in years I haven't had to work weekends and Bank Holidays which is bliss, and I now have time to spend with my lovely Husband and great children. We also have a happy occasion coming up as my youngest daughter is getting married in July. so all is good in so many ways. But things aren't quite right with my painting and in my studio ( spare bedroom). As far as painting goes I have been rather unmotivated and uninspired. Someone described me recently as boat without a rudder and I think it sums me up brilliantly.
As you can see my workspace is cosy. I am happy in it but I am slightly held back by the need not to splash paint around. The carpet is old and worn anyway and walls can be painted over, so its daft really that I should worry about it.
The office side of it is great and I am happy with the amount of storage I have, but I do need to find a way to be more comfortable with dripping paint and splashing it about.
Its not stopped me actually painting, but I haven't done much and I am back to being quite controlled with it, which is something I don't want to be. I have spend the last few years trying to loosen up and it would be a shame to not continue that.
Apart from the 3 paintings here then I have also done a pet portrait that I am really pleased with, but I can't show you just yet, as its a surprise for a birthday coming up soon.
Although I am pleased with them generally they don't quite do it for me! I know it sounds very arty farty but I want to let myself go. I am not sure if I am holding back as I am still keeping my emotions in check or if it really is the space that is causing problems.
I nearly got a new studio last week, there was a outbuilding in a old school, that came up recently, I could have afforded it, but it had problems with water and the owners didn't seem that interested in putting it right for me. They didn't come back to me when I said I would only take it, if the door was fixed and water was running, so I guess they couldn't sort it. But in retrospect it was not the right place for me.
We have also thought about putting a garden office in, apart from the expense, and the hassle of installing it, I am not convinced it would have any less distractions than being in the house.
There is of course no hurry to find a solution, I can, when the mood takes me paint anytime, I really do want to make it work hereas I am generally enjoying being here but it is bugging me I can't quite get back on track.
We have a free weekend this week so I am hoping to grab Mr WD and see if we cant find a better solution for me in the room I am in? I suppose its just trial and error and a solution, no doubt will be found, I just hope its soon x
Please pop back on Monday when I will have another interesting ( I hope) interview for you. I am just off to start drafting it up now.
So see you later