Everybody has the same energy potential. The average person wastes his in a dozen little ways. I bring mine to bear on one thing only: my paintings, and everything else is sacrificed to it…myself included.”
― Pablo Picasso
I spent lots of time in my studio during February but not a lot on art. My studio is also my sewing / crochet room and home office. I don’t think I’m wasting my time on all my other activities but it certainly reduces time and energy for painting.
I did refine my Winter Donkey Orchids – Mundaring Weir painting
Winter Donkey Orchids – Mundaring Weir
and worked on the design for the next in this new series – I’m not game to show it yet!
I was more productive on my sewing machine – creating dresses for little girls and busting my stash!
Flower Pot Pinny
My March output may be even less as we’re preparing our home, garden, vehicles, caravan and ourselves for a 6 month caravan trip starting in April!
March lived up to Charles Dickens’s description of March, “…summer in the light, winter in the shade”, for us in more ways than one. The month was full of swings from high to low in terms of hopes, dreams, energy and happenings as well as in weather. My collage for the month records this.
You may be able to detect that we had some happy times with family, enjoyed visiting Sculptures By the Sea at Cottesloe and were busy preparing to go on a 6 month long caravan trip.
As part of the preparation I started writing a recipe book to take with us. I also developed some ideas for illustrating the recipes – learning to use Photoshop Elements to change the backgrounds to my sketches in the process!
Other photos record:
the last of the Experimental Drawing classes I attended ( spot the collaged long faced self portrait!).
the hanging of the crop circle inspired plaques made by my potter friend Brenda.
the drought breaking rain on the 19th – more than 40ml in a couple of hours!
I didn’t make any New Year resolutions so that I wouldn’t break any. Thought it better for self esteem…
Somehow though resolutions seem to be bubbling up into my consciousness.
I’ve kept a diary since January 1!
As well as I writing I’ve sketched or taken a photo of something representing each day – it’s amazing how much I recall of a day by viewing its image, which prompted me to make a photo collage of my January. (Maybe I’m still under the influence of Inktober…)
I’m keen to keep doing these things for the whole year so does that mean I have a resolution or three?!
My January 2016
Oh – and I may well post a collage monthly – does that make four?..
Pink and Greys (Galahs, also known as rose-breasted cockatoos) appear more frequently in the Perth Hills of Western Australia around Christmas time, so it seemed an appropriate bird to choose to bring you the best wishes of all – peace, love and joy for 2016.