An Epiphany Away From Darkness

This was the view from the tent at last week’s market at SoWa.  I could sit and stare at this crisp blue sky and stark lines of the building for hours – and I did.  It’s simple things like this that make me happy.

I love the Autumn, because everything starts to slow down, the air becomes cleaner and lighter, and all of the people go back to hide in their homes for the rest of the winter.  This is the time of the year that I feel most alive.

I’m looking at my calendar now and see the end of the year creeping up.  I have three more market dates in October, Open Studios in November, and a gallery show in December.  If I look too far into the next year, I don’t have a clear vision of what’s going on.  My work has been progressing, but I am in need of more opportunities.

This week, I decided to take a breather from the chair and focus on some smaller pieces that are more appropriate to a market setting.  These mandalas are 10″ x 10″ and will also serve as studies for larger pieces in the future.  
I was sitting in the studio yesterday eating my lunch and looking out of the window.  The sun was streaming in, and a great wash of emotion came over me.  Over the past week, I have had the strange feeling that something new was coming my way.  The strong desire to take up figurative studies  and to try and flesh my work out a bit has been occupying my mind.  I was sitting in front of this window today staring at a wood panel that I just started on yesterday, and I got a strong sense of the next direction that I want to go with my work.  No, I haven’t been  “stuck,” but I think the natural growth progression is occurring naturally.  It might take me some time to make this all happen but it’s not far.
This wood panel is 24″ x 48″, and I hope to explore this size for a while then move up to 36″ x 72″.  I’m looking forward to see where it all takes me.
Does anyone out there have experience with working on panels?  I’m trying to decide whether or not to pursue this angle or just stick with canvas.  I’m sure there are pros and cons to both.
G and I have a market in Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday, so I will have a fresh report on that next week.  I will also have an update on the chair and any other “revelations” that come my way during the week.
I hope everyone has had a productive week.  There was a couple new followers this week, and I welcome you all.  I try to keep this blog honest and interesting.  I update every Thursday, so please mark your calendars and stop back by.
Thank you all for your continued support and inspiration!
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