Taking Time

It's been over a month now since my last blog entry. 2008 ended in turmoil for me with my home/studio damaged from a burst fire-sprinkler pipe and my future more uncertain than ever. I spent time dealing with life challenges, debilitating anxiety, and nagging doubt. As you might imagine, writing about anything was difficult.

As I tried to make sense of everything happening to me, one word/theme kept appearing time and again- transformation. Eventually, I came to see my situation as an opportunity for transformation. As I move forward with that line of thought, I look around to find the rest of the world in a similar predicament.

To help my new perspective flourish, I am practicing meditation, accepting what is, and knowing I can change course to fulfill my dreams. I am also learning to balance my new intentions with self-forgiveness, knowing things will come to me when they are meant to be.

This patience has also forced me to slow down on painting, both physically and mentally. After my experience at The Artist Project in Chicago last year, I was eager to put my creative realizations into action as soon as possible. The result was the most prolific period of my art career. Now, however, I feel I must balance deliberation with manifestation, letting my paintings present themselves without forcing them. Though it has taken me some time to get used to this new process, I think the results will mark a noticeable difference in my work and look forward to sharing very soon. In the meantime, I wish you a very happy and fulfilling new year.