Friday, July 31, 2009

Painted Peonies

"If you hear a voice within you saying, 'You are not a painter,' then by all means paint... and the voice will be silenced." - Vincent van Gogh
Lately, having not caught sight of my studio for the past eight weeks, that quote has been nagging at my thoughts. First, a "minor" ceiling leak kept me away during two weeks of repair, as did end of school year activities with my daughter and then we were off on an extended vacation.
Of course, getting away with family is always a treat, and as we were in Paris and Italy, inspiration was plentiful. Visited longtime friends: Chardin, Leonardo and the Dutch masters at the Louvre, marveled again at their work and that of contemporary artists whom I met throughout our travels. I even got to see Monet's huge circular murals and the Paul Guillaume art collections at the Museé de L'Orangerie (long on my "to do" list.) Still, eight weeks without putting brush to canvas, how do I get to call myself an artist with that lapse of hands-on time?
Be silent my internal critic... I'm headed back to the studio today and I think my travels and the time off has actually done me some good. Not only am I itching to tackle the set up I had carefully composed before going away, but I feel energized and refreshed with all sorts of new ideas and projects taking form.
'Painted Peonies" (Oil on Linen 12 x 16), the last painting I finished prior to the studio deluge, was a pleasant distraction. The flowers seemed to flourish along with the steady but slow ceiling drip.

5 comments: said...

The flowers certainly flourished in this painting. So soft and gently lit.

Maggie Mayer said...

This is beautiful. I'm glad to have found your blog. :)

James Parker said...

I dropped by from Maggie's and your work is magnificent. I hopped on your blogwagon and will enjoy seeing future pieces. I was also fascinated by your 20 tips (Enjoy the Ride" which was also incorporated in an incredibly moving short video called enjoy the ride, with "Impossible Dream" by Bron Journey playing in the background. It was great and the advice is great. I invite you to drop by and visit my "just for fun" blog for a smile and a chuckle.

PolymerClayTutor said...

Wow, this painting is absolutely gorgeous! You are a real talent! Hope you find the time to get back to painting. The world needs more art like yours. ~Cindy Lietz

N Poucher said...

Beautiful! Thanks.