Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Jul 20 - Time Flies

 So what is it that makes us take a hiatus from "long-standing standard procedures"? I've been blogging for years--since 2005, and then there came a time when it didn't seem important to do that any more, so, like Forrest Gump, I just decided to go home. I stopped. Since April. Yikes!

Artists need time to reassess, reevaluate, choose new paths without pressure or outside direction. That's what I've done, and am doing, and it is ongoing. But I can't leave you, because from what I've heard, you find real value in what I'm doing as an artist, and for that I am very grateful.

Here on the cusp of my (burgledy-burg)-third birthday, I've done some changing that fills me with joy. One thing is the acquisition of my motorcycle, and spending time in California's lovely climate riding the mountains and back roads of this gorgeous state. I'm gathering visual input for future paintings, and sensing the world in a whole new and rich way with my hands on the controls and cruising on the roads. The image shows the new bike before I started customizing it (yes, it is an "art bike" now!), and shows my art gear along for the ride as I head out for an art demonstration. This is outside my studio door, with Judy Wood's mosaic mounted in the wall. I finally finished painting the door, too, and it is a wonderfully organic abstract.

Life is short. No second chances. Fill it with rich experiences and take that leap of "reckless ideas" and go for it, and stop listening to people who would push their agendas on you. That's what I'm doing, and I'm having the time of my life.

More tomorrow.

And I'm painting better than I ever have, and will share those with you, too!

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4 comments:

KD said...

Welcome back ! You have been missed. You are right, life on this earth is short - live your dream!

Carol Blackburn said...

Well hello Elin, it has been awhile. Glad to see you back and look forward to some wonderful things.

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

Well, I'm glad you're doing well! You'll have to post some of the customized bike photos!!

BDL Palash said...

years ago I saw a series where
a photographer had found relatives of
people who posed for john singer sargent paintings and
he took photos of them that were reminiscent of the original pictures.
they were quite wonderful.

Pictures to paintings
photos to paintings
photo to painting
picture to painting
painting from photo