Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I'm back!

So you've noticed seven months have passed without a blog posting from me. Well, it has been an insane seven months. Long story short, since last August I've been struggling with health problems while trying to maintain a heavier than normal workload. Not being a particularly fast painter, I was in "overwhelm" both physically and mentally trying to deal with a sudden onslaught of multiple -- and serious -- health issues, none of which I had seen coming. Meanwhile I still needed to prepare work for shows I was obligated for, including one in September for which I needed to complete 15-20 pieces.

Had it not been for my wonderfully supportive husband and a circle of close friends who rallied around me, I don't think I could have made it through this ordeal. I'll be eternally grateful to them for helping to pull me through it.

With the arrival of spring here in Georgia I'm experiencing a sense of renewal. Things are looking up! The glorious colors of azaleas, dogwoods, redbuds and every other thing in bloom offer a treat for the senses, while warmer temperatures are making this past year's miseries a receding memory. In the studio I'm playing with lighter, brighter hues (well, except for one piece that's comprised of black, umber, ivory and gold). The happier colors reflect my lifted spirits, and I'm experimenting with new materials, and different canvas sizes and shapes, and more. But wait! There's some really exciting news I can't reveal just yet. Stay tuned...within the next few days I'll be making a big announcement -- maybe more than one -- right here on this blog that you won't want to miss!