When recovering from a demanding period of teaching, marking or getting ready for a show, my usual reset button (i.e. practice) is to dive back into paint. Paint gives me such pleasure, it allows me to access my playful side easily which is a great antidote to mentally taxing work.
Of course once I get a few paintings on the go, they often become challenging problems in themselves, but at the beginning it's just pure pleasure!
I have a few paintings in-progress right now. I thought I'd share one with you here. The green netting you see is how I protect drying paint from all the stuff that would otherwise fall into it, sometimes insects, sometimes bits of grit or sawdust. Stuff always seems to be falling from my studio ceiling!
Creativity has natural rhythms: periods of great output need to be followed by recovery, regeneration, nourishment.
As a visual artist I like nothing more than getting up to my elbows in paint or little plastic toys, or wading in at the deep end in pursuit of an idea. When I am not teaching others in a similar vein, you can find me researching, writing and noodling around in my studio, seeing where my latest lines of inquiry lead me.
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