I have been very busy painting and sorting and packing. I sent the list of images in to Martin yesterday. Now just one more large painting to finish and I'll be ready for your visit to the exhibition in January. The show will have more new paintings than I thought possible. It has been quite wonderful working with this theme. I found myself acknowledging my purpose as an artist at a much deeper level which has brought lovely quiet feelings to contentment to my every day. Now with the new large works off to be photographed, the new small works wrapped and stacked there is time to pause for a bit and enjoy some space between thoughts.
2018 is going to be busy with four exhibitions. One at the Unitarian Church of large works on canvas in April. The Mason Jar project will be heading to Kerrobert Saskatchewan June - August and then to Port Alberni October- November. In June-July three friends and I will have a little show on Mayne Island at Shavasana Gallery. None of this stresses me.
I seem to have passed some sort of milestone in this past year. Maybe I have reached 50,000 hours in my career as an artist? Maybe it is just the wisdom of age? Yet, I have more confidence than I would have thought possible 10 years ago. It is wonderful to know that what I want to accomplish I can. Somehow I have come to aligned what I want with what I am capable of. This is not to say that I am becoming complacent. Rather I am able to challenge myself in ways that align with my beliefs and capabilities and yet move me forward to the unexplored. I think for a large part I have my students to thank for prodding me with questions. Recently Pat Wiltshire brought me some flowers to celebrate the 'breakthroughs' she has seen in my work this past season. (thank you Pat). I didn't recognize that my work has moved forward again, in ways that could be described as 'breakthroughs' I was too busy moving forward. Now that I have had a few days of contemplation I see the difference. I hope you will too.