I’m sitting here in my studio, lost in thought this morning as I look out at the woods around our home. The ground is covered by a fresh blanket of snow and the air has a definite bite to it…winter is here in earnest. It looks a bit like the magical land of Narnia right now. Stepping out the front door onto the porch, I huddled down deeper into my coat before hurrying to the studio with an arctic blast of wind and snow buffeting me. It’s the beginning of a new year and I’m thinking on new paintings to create in the coming months. I’m a devoted “maker of lists” so I’m sipping on a cup of tea and, you guessed it, making a list of ideas for new work. I’ve spent the past several weeks with no inspiration and not much painting getting done. Perhaps it was the holidays and everything that goes with it… before, during and after, but with the start of the new year, I find I now have the inner peace and the solitude to concentrate on painting again.
About a month ago, I bought a colorful photo storage box and a small journal and have labeled it my “idea box”. I’ve collected all the little scraps of paper on which I’ve jotted down ideas or made rough sketches and photos of animals that appeal to me and tossed them in there along with the journal. In the journal, I’ve made little lists (naturally) of good ideas for titles of paintings, artwork I want to do, art shows and places to explore for viewing wildlife. Once a month, I’m going to look through this box and pick something to work on or a place to go for inspiration. That sounds suspiciously like a “new year resolution” doesn’t it?! In the course of this year, I’ll make regular posts here on what comes out of the “idea box” and share the art and/or the adventures with you. Who knows what will come out of it and or where it will take me but that’s the magical part. Funny… I’m quite sure I just felt the walls of my studio shake from a particularly strong gust of wind…or perhaps I just heard the roar of a lion.