Sleepless in Seattle has been me this summer. Hot weather stifling creativity. Existing on crumbs for sleep. Considering options for cooler environments like moving to Antarctica or southern New Zealand, or getting an air conditioner. The air conditioner won. Much cheaper… well… somewhat cheaper, and better for family. Nonetheless I painted and maintained the work schedule. Florals and landscapes and a few plans for interiors. I have also begun some larger paintings for my series on the Mornington Peninsula. Sunsets have me wondering if art can imitate life and would anyone believe it if I replicated the magnificent colours that I have witnesses lately. Storm clouds too. Amazing clouds and atmospheric conditions.
Preparation for New York Workshops are ramping up too. It is the end of next month, soon to be this month! I am anticipating warm(ish) weather and a cascade of cherry blossoms. Anything less and I will be bitterly disappointed! New York is a special place for me and I have taken to celebrating my birthday there. I welcome suggestions and stories about places that are great to paint and worth a visit. We will be based around Central Park and I have a few plans in place, but if anyone has some local knowledge about great spots to paint... please let me know!
Some new toys for me to play with have been Sennelier oil sticks, Gamblin FastMatte oils and Art Spectrum rubber brushes. New marks, new feel, different strokes. I have blown the budget buying more to increase colour range and versatility. Good fun was had by all. I can’t wait to use all new members of the brush and paint family growing in my studio. They are lined up expectantly in a row, patiently waiting. I am less patient. Keep watching. See if you can pick them.
Meanwhile, here’s a snapshot of this month’s work: