Less than three more weeks until the first market date at SoWa, and a lot of time has been spent doing business-type activities.  I admit, not my  favorite thing to do, but I know that these things are a necessity. 
There has been a real shift in the direction of my work since the show went up last month.  With that goal met, it forced me to refocus and move in a new direction.  I didn’t make a conscious decision to start incorporating black and white into my designs, it just happened.  Truthfully, I don’t spend a lot of time with the conception of a new piece, I just put the blank canvas in front of me and let things happen spontaneously.  The same can be said for the color choices. 
I consider myself very fortunate in that I am able to paint every day in a nice setting.  I try to never take things for granted, and the fact that I don’t have to fight the process makes me happy.
There are a couple of things coming up besides the market dates in September and October, and I will fill you in in future posts.

I get my inspiration from a lot of sources, and when I’m out and about, I am always looking for bold forms in the concrete and steel that surrounds me.  You would think that working in horticulture for 15 years that it would be the complete opposite – that I would look to the natural world.  I think my experience with nature shows up in the color palette that I work with.  My tendency is to put a very bright splash onto very hard and rigid forms.

And while I take these reference photos, I never print them out or even refer back to them.  I think the little bit of extra time that I take to admire them while I am taking the actual photo is enough to imprint them into my mind’s eye.

I am very happy that August has passed into September.  This is my favorite time of the year for many, many reasons.
I hope everyone has had a good week, and I look forward to hearing from all of you!
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