It’s been about a year since I picked up a brush, or did anything having to do with art. Many have questioned my all-or-nothing approach and why I had to make such a clean break.
It’s not all that difficult to understand. When you are creating art for a living (and anything else for that matter), the pressure to keep those bills paid can take a serious toll on your enjoyment of that activity. In the case of artistic endeavors, it can take a serious toll on your creative freedom.
My financial and personal world fell apart in 2009, right along with just about everyone else’s. In my desperate attempts to hold it all together; I lost my desire to paint. Everything that was calming about it became filled with anxiety. The strength I once felt became emptiness. The fascination turned to foolishness. I developed an aversion to art, literally feeling sick just going near my easel or even a gallery.
Despite all of those feelings, I knew, given the time, I would come back to painting. It’s a constant in my life. The most wonderful thing about painting is that even without practicing; I can pick up a brush a year later and it’s like I never stopped. So a new series is in the works, based on my new/old hometown and the people in it: Miami.
Below is a preview of a work in progress. I'll elaborate more on the move in next week's blog.
If you live in the South Florida area, my past works can be seen at GAB Studio (Wynwood design district) for the next two weeks. Come by this Thursday between 7-10 and I'll be there!
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day.