Re-igniting an Old Flame
Today I wasn't really feeling it. I had a window to do some painting but I was feeling really uninspired. I just didn't know where to start. Much of my recent work has been inky botanical paintings such as this one:
But today, I was craving something different. I still wanted layers of pattern but I didn't want any recognisable imagery. I also wanted a slightly more muted colour palette. When I look around my home and even my wardrobe, the colours are soft and earthy - sage green, terracotta, linen, ochre, dusty pink, forest green ...
More and more I am wanting to see these colours in my work.
I started pulling out old paintings and unfinished pieces of work and I came across a series that I was working on last year that I never completed. At the time, it didn't feel quite right, I couldn't find the connection with the series so I abandoned it. Strangely though, today when I looked at it, I felt a deep connection.
The colours and patterns reminded me of all the ceramics, textiles and baskets that I have filled our home with. It gave me a feeling of comfort, you know that feeling that you get when someone says 'I'll just put the kettle on'. I say that all the time because I am one of those people that believes that tea solves most problems!
The paintings reminded me of simple comforts. It wasn't my original inspiration when I started these pieces but that often happens to me. By allowing myself to just sit with these paintings I started to see new things and in doing so I re-ignited a spark.
I am now envisioning this series being about all the things that bring me comfort. A patchwork blanket, a scented candle, a vase of flowers, a mug of hot tea ...
And there you go from feeling blah to hurrah!!! Now my head is buzzing with thoughts and ideas for this new series or perhaps I should say reinvented old series.
I think though it might be time to put the kettle on. More on the blog tomorrow Xx