As the weather begins to turn, I've been feeling more and more inspired. Classes are going really well and we've reached the half-way mark for the semester; next week is spring break so I'll be out painting and working on some upcoming projects. I've been sketching a lot and below is a small selection of my recent doodles.
Lately, I've been focusing more on my own personal aesthetic and the things that I want to say with my art. I think of my sketchbook like a laboratory where I can experiment with my visual ideas. This doesn't always relate to specific subject matter, but I also treat my sketchbook like a visual journal of my life so certain subjects and scenes reoccur.
Other things in my life: My 3 month residency in Giverny is rapidly approaching and I'm thinking of myself like an athlete who's getting into shape for a big game. I want to make sure that I hit the ground running so it's important to keep working and to stay focused before my departure.
Amidst my own painting, teaching and personal pursuits, I've also applied to some plein air competitions so I'm really entering into an exciting period in my life. I've put in a lot of work and I feel like my skills are reaching a new level. I've got to say that my passion for it all is only growing as I approach my 32nd birthday. Okay, back to work!