Today marks one week since my son was born. I still can’t do much so I’m writing this from bed while my littles nap on each side of me.
Okay, here’s the game plan:
As soon as I’m healed and have regained my strength I will be moving my studio back into the house, more specifically the dining room. I will be creating a new body of work after taking almost 9 months off! The works will be split up between two galleries, some going to ARTfusion in Bigfork, Montana and Blackwell Gallery in CDA, Idaho.
ARTfusion has been representing me for over a year now and has asked me back for a second! YAY! I will be trading out some pieces I currently have there for some work I already have finished as well as any new paintings I paint between now and the end of March.
The pieces I swap out from Bigfork will go to Blackwell Gallery along with any new paintings I make between now and the beginning of May. I have been asked by the gallery to participate in a “Visiting Artist” show opening May 11th – June 4th and if the work is well received during that time there’s a possibility the pieces will stay over the summer.
Of course, if you follow my Instagram (alissadurlingart) you will see these new works develop and find out which are going where. As far as scenes and sizes, I will choose as I go. Open to suggestions!
Lastly, I got asked to donate a painting for a raffle at my 10-year high school reunion. I can’t decide if those years went fast or slow. Its normal to be nervous for reunion, right? Luckily the painting isn’t needed till summer giving me lots of time to pick the perfect landscape for that one lucky winner! Go Broncs!
That’s all the art news for now, I cannot wait to get a brush in my hand and see what happens on the canvas.
I was recently asked the infamous question, “why do you paint?” Of course, like most artists I roll my eyes and mutter to myself “uh because I love it.”
Truth is, I have never put it into words. The task seemed daunting. I know there’s other artists who must feel this way, having no desire to talk or write about their work. We just want to make!
However, I’m going to try…
Okay, here is it. I’m an over thinker with anxiety. Painting to me is therapeutic, the action and the result. When I’m painting I don’t doubt, question, or worry. I’m not paralyzed with stress like much of the time spent not painting. My mind is free, free to enjoy the present. To enjoy the process of mixing colors and using a brush, building up shapes to create something beautiful. I have experimented in a handful of mediums and subject matters (thanks to art school) but paint and landscapes spoke to me and stuck. There’s something about being able to escape to that “place” I’m painting. Those vast bodies of water, the endless skies, I know you’ve all experienced that “freeing” feeling a landscape can evoke… Well, that’s what I feel not only when I’m physically IN nature but when I’m painting it.
My constant worries melt away, dripping off like excess water on the canvas. I don’t question my choices or actions over and over AND OVER like I normally do, I literally just paint. Aside from picking a pretty picture I don’t have a plan, I simply start and let the paint do the painting moving intuitively with each stroke. Meaning moves and colors don’t always make sense. Which is the beauty of being an artist, there is no right or wrong. Therefore, being a painter works well for me because it’s the only time I’m fully confident, I’m not doubting my artistic choices like I do in ALL other aspects of my life. Perhaps that’s why my landscapes are so “nontraditional” or LOUD-- because that’s my typical state of mind. Because if I’m honest the over-thinking can sometimes be so loud it keeps me from appreciating, sleeping, even leaving the house…
All in all, I feel so blessed to have painting and art success in my life. It feels so good to shut my ever going mind off and go to that field of wildflowers or climb that jagged mountain range with my brush for those few hours a day. I love doing the work and I love the reward at the end. It’s an honor to be able to make and share my work with the world and that is something I will never question.