My husband and I recently bought a new house while still owning our "old" house, making us a two-house family. That translates to 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 2 kitchens and an acre of lawn! Much of my summer has been spent painting one house to get it ready to sell, and the other house to get it ready to move into. Not the kind of painting I prefer to do! I have been keeping up with commissions and participated in the Plein Air Grand Marais, but I miss my studio!
An aspect I so love about my life as an artist is being able to watch the reactions on people’s faces as they view my work. I paint to capture the images that quicken my heart and I’m always delighted when I see that flash of joy in someone else.
Discovering pastels, compressed sticks of pigment applied to paper, I discovered my medium. Their luscious colors and the special light that finished paintings emit drew me to them. Pastels are also easy to work with, needing nothing extra for application or clean up, which was a bonus with three small children at home. Since I’d spent so much time doing laundry as the kids grew, I set up an easel and a still life in my basement next to the washing machine. I could apply a few strokes of color between loads. It was slow going, but I finished paintings.
As the children grew, I ventured out to paint and attend classes.
An opportunity came to rent a studio of my own. Once out of the basement and into the light, I rejoiced in instilling that sense of light into my paintings. And I smile when I see people notice.