It's been a very up and down week this week and it's had some pretty good days balanced by some totally wiped out ones. However I try not to dwell on things and am happy to move on. It's tough though taking such a leap of faith and investing so much time and effort in a fragile business environment. When the economy is in such constant flux, it's hard to believe that my art will carry me through. I have to believe it for now or I'd not pick up a brush ever again, instead always relying on the guaranteed paycheck. I'll know how the land lies after my show in May and so for now, faith is carrying me onwards.
I've been photographing trees for a new painting. I think the actual tree that will emerge will be one from within me and these will just be used for reference.
The Oak King's daughter, at our field.
The Apple Tree Man, with my last two chickens (it's been a tough Winter for us all.)
And this wonderful spot. A disued chalk quarry that is now a nature reserve. From some of the tyre tracks, it appears that part of it is used by bikers, whether motorcross or mountain bike, I couldn't decide.
It was wonderfully deserted when I explored it with the dog, who ran up and down sheer quarry walls like they were a gentle slope! We will definitely be returning and hopefully avoid the owners of the bikes!
It's also been a trying week for this little trio. A painting in a more traditional style, but one that has been such a struggle. I don't know if it's because this is a much smaller canvas or simply because this style doesn't flow so well for me. This is only halfway finished and I can see some glaring mistakes from this photo that aren't always noticeable when the canvas is on the easel.
A new week and new challenges begin tomorrow, but I hope it's a good one for us all :D