Finally finished my latest portrait - of the gorgeous Barbara. Founder of the Pens de Luxe group of stores around Australia and Author of 'Polishing Your Penmanship', this wonderful woman was a pleasure to paint, as was her sister before her, Linda. I had hoped to bring out the quiet strength of these women in the painting of them. I hope it translates..my favorite part of doing portraiture, is interviewing and spending time (if I am able) with the subject/s. During the creation of the piece, I can see in my minds eye, the fluidity of body, the smile, the laugh, the interaction between animal and person, the soul in the eyes if you like.
'Barbara', Oils, 61 x 76 cm
'Linda with Fifi and Bruno', Oils, 61 x 76 cm
Is anyone familiar with the creative position, where you find yourself in a quiet location of peace and serenity, and think "now, I'll do a bit of (insert creative thing here) ....or "now I'll really be able to focus on this...(insert creative other thing that's been put off for ages here...) Normally this state would put me into a mild panic until I have decompressed and become used to my new environment.
Weeeell....I find myself in the last few days in that very situation, BUT I feel calmer, more relaxed, more able to just 'be'. My house sitting stint in the hills has been absolutely marvelous for opening the channels of my mind to a more receptive state. Normally, I would require a continual bustle of activity to assist my focus, but I have found to my great astonishment, the tranquility of my surroundings has been nothing short of a miracle. Perhaps it is the partial 'handing over' of former responsibilities, perhaps the realisation that I do not need to go at a million miles an hour (internally, at least) to achieve something, perhaps I am continually more comfortable in my own skin....perhaps it is the result of many, many things......every spare moment has been spent painting, and painting without time pressure....bliss!!
I have a few projects on the go, a workshop here and there, a regular stint teaching watercolours...now I need to up my game and become a tad more organised - something I'm working on. Randomness is important for inner creative growth....methodically spontaneous - that's me! When we let go of control, amazing things can happen.
However much I contemplate my navel about it, and possibly sound like a Hippy in the Hills, I feel like the most fortunate of people. Simple.