Music...I have been listening to lots of Italian opera this past while...immersing myself in the rich, luscious emotions and notes of these masters. I picture myself sitting in an old old room somewhere in Italy, painting, with a window right in front of me...a bakery underneath with the smell of fresh bread drifting up...water down below...old grand buildings...heaven
Indian silks...I am loving these lush rich, jewel-toned fabric. They sit on a shelf in my studio...sometimes I hang them up on the wall. I love the colors, the feel and the way they catch the light. I wonder about who made them...who sat on the floor and spun this cloth...what does this person's life look like? Do they ever get to wear the beautiful silk they spin? These colors work their way into my heart, my mind and into my paintings. I LOVE them!
Time...so many of us have so much to do and so little time to do it in! It seems that time is just flying by and we are passive observers! How can we fit everything in? This is what I try to do...prioritise, cut out television, don't invite time and energy stealers into our lives (toxic people and situations), meditate, appreciate the small things, simplicity, focus on this moment and not on all the things that need to get done...
Beauty...flowers...nature...I love the smell of fresh flowers. I love the still life quality of a vase, pottery, glassware catching the light....different angles. Living art. A painting come to life.
Transition...The changing of seasons. I love the in-between time of seasons. Summer isn't officially over and fall isn't here yet...there are traces of flowers in bloom, birds chirping, children in shorts but also... leaves starting to change color, a crispness in the evening air and back to school.
* thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts regarding my last post. Someimes we just need to express our feelings, process it and get on the other side:) Happy weekend to all of you!
Later...Jessica Torrant, a wonderful artist I met through Etsy, interviewed me! You can read it here!