My inspiration comes from life, nature, and the activity of wildlife and plants. My best stories and poems occur to me while I'm outside digging in the garden, covered in dirt. My favorite art comes from watching bugs and fish and birds, seeing the patterns that no human or computer could ever recreate, but I try. The chevron stripe on a blue jay's tail fascinates me. The red speckled spot on a house finch will hold my attention for as long as the bird sits still enough to see it.
The last couple of weeks were a little rough. My dog passed away, which was expected because he was sick for a long time, but unexpected because I kept thinking we had more time. I took it harder than perhaps I should have or perhaps most people would.
I did my best to keep up with posts and painting and all my other life activities that have to be done. But whereas some artists of the past (and maybe the present) used their adversity to express emotion through their art, I am the opposite. Sadness tends to suck the inspiration right out of me.
Now that I've had a little time to grieve, I'm painting again, working on my new studio, and trying to enjoy some cooler weather I hope is coming down the pike. Today's highs were in the upper 80s. I am very much looking forward to autumn. She's running a bit late.
My biggest seller is my music series. If you know about music theory, you know what these symbols are. Musicians love these decorative renditions of the symbols they use all the time. I know because I'm a musician myself and have lots of family and friends who are musicians, too. I learned music theory in elementary school and have played several instruments throughout my life.
One of my earlier posts showed some initial work on a new pair of treble and bass clef paintings, and I had put them on the back burner for a while to work on other projects but also to ponder what direction they should progress. They have stood on my paint desk for a long time, occasionally covered by another piece being worked on but usually visible so I could think about them. This week I did some more work on the pair, particularly the second piece, and I like where it's going. I still have some work to do on them, but they have a much clearer trajectory now.
Of course, not everyone is into wildlife as much as I am, so if you have a phobia about snakes (ophidiophobia), just don't look, but please come back for the next post. I have something for just about everyone. :)