Figuring out Priorities

Having more time at home has allowed me to reevaluate some of the things that are important to me, or should be. Although I’m an artist, I wouldn’t say I’ve been producing enough art, and I’d like that to change.

When I’m painting, I would say that it’s the closest thing to meditating I’ve ever experienced. It’s still a challenge to really get in the zone, because there are other people who share my home with me, and I don’t think it’s fair to chase them away just so I can get my art groove on. So, I plug in my headphones, find a good playlist, and tune myself in to my painting. *if you have playlist suggestions, please leave me a comment 🙂

Rossport Shoreline, 24 X 36″, acrylic on canvas

I finished Rossport Shoreline a few days ago, and couldn’t wait to share the image with friends and family. I was so excited that I had finished a painting after being overwhelmed by everything over the past few months. Teaching through quarantine was not fun. No studio, no students to see, not the same.

If I can revive myself by creating art, then clearly I need to do more of it. If I am going to be distracted by something, I’ll be happier because I’ll be thinking of the next composition, or the next colour combination. Over the past few years, I’ve had fun working with my daughter as a representative for a company, but it never felt right. So, this week, I decided that I will happily sever that unnecessary tie, and move on.

Art feels right. It’s who I am, and I can’t wait to head out for more excursions near water, collect way too many photos, and try to manage the nervous excitement of deciding on the next image to use for a painting.

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3 Responses to Figuring out Priorities

  1. Katherine Bastian Fisk says:

    Emily Carr! Good for you! I would love to say I am not far behind you….

    • colleenkr says:

      Ohhh, I love Emily Carr! I fell in love with her style (and her attitude 😉 ) when I was in grade 10. I thought she was completely badass and I couldn’t get enough of her emotional paintings with so much movement and feeling.

  2. Such a gorgeous painting. I can almost feel the water moving and a breeze on my face.

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