With the new year of 2016, I am starting a Studio Sabbatical January 1st – March 31. It is my intent to set aside this duration of time to return to work in my studio with more focus, regularity, and intentionality. Through re-allocating a shift in time lost to my busy schedule, I aim to work out some new concepts that I’ve had in the back of my mind and sketchbook for a while. I look forward to working out these concepts on canvas and in mixed media. It is my intent to continue this conversation and share my process and ideas through more documentation, blog posts, and social media.
My goal is to shift time that has been spent on other pursuits to be re-centered on art ideation and creation. This will mean saying “no” to some side projects, design gigs, social get-togethers, and even to some volunteer work with which I’ve been involved. My hope is that by pulling away from the “noise,” I’ll be able to gather new perspective, complete paintings I’ve only worked out in my head, and bring to reality a host of new concepts that I’ve wanted to work through.
On this morning of January 1, 2016, I began my Studio Sabbatical. After waking, I made a simple breakfast and put on hot water for tea. I anticipated using a beautiful new ceramic loose-leaf tea steeping mug that dear friends had gifted me for Christmas. I sat, drinking my tea, taking in my studio, and pondering where to start.
I placed a blank canvas on my easel, selected my palette, began sorting the oil paint tubes I planned to use…then I ran into a delay. The majority of my paint tubes were sealed sticky and tightly, and no gripping method of my own resulted in successfully opening these paints. After briefly consulting the internet of things for alternative methods, I was able to open the paint tubes, squeeze paint onto my palette, then I began painting.
The perfect timing of the start of this Studio Sabbatical coincided with a request by a client for commissioned painting, so my first strokes were to a small canvas to be used as a study for this commission. I applied the colors in small dabs all around the canvas. Then, using the palette knife, I smeared colors together using the very viscous stand oil. Any time I mix colors directly on the canvas, I’m entranced at observing on the colors swirl and mix, in darks and lights, warm and cools, vibrant and pastel shades. I painted for the duration of the day, taking breaks occasionally to photograph the painting in progress or to get more tea.
Today was only the first day of this journey. I hope that you’ll join me and interact with me through your feedback while I pursue this next portion of this sojourn. I’m both excited and anxious. I would like to express my deepest gratitude –to my friends, family, colleagues and clients– for your patience as I work to accomplish this personal goal.
If you would like to travel alongside this Studio Sabbatical journey with me, please follow my process and progress in any of the following ways:
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- Keep up with the conversation on Twitter
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Best wishes to you for a healthy, productive, artistic and joyous start to 2016!