||[Aug. 11th, 2011|12:52 am]
Where have I been? |
I've been asking myself that for a while. I've been a lot of places, though not so much geographical.
Cards lately have been telling me I need to focus on the things that matter: health, love, and family. I don't find this hard to do considering it just makes sense right now to be in the moment, enjoy things slowly, and not dwell upon things. Though stressed, I've been content, still finding something about every day that I've liked. I share my life pretty openly with Kelly and that makes finding those things pretty easy.
Now that I'm up on the hill, I can see the capitol of Colorado from my house. It's nice being close to everything, but even nicer being in a place I'm happy with. It's a manageable, small studio, with hardwood floors and an antique charm. It reminds me of my old studio in Minneapolis, though not as stuffy. Even getting outside is less stuffy, as streets are wide and neighborhood-ly in this area.
I have a show coming up... it feels like I'm awake again. The last few years I feel like I've been playing "artist", but not quite doing it. Now I feel like I'm doing it, but hardly finding time to play. I came home from the Lookout Mountain mural an hour early to do some of my first paintings in this new studio apartment. I hope it turns out ready for the show.
The mural is about a month from completion; this I find odd seeing as I've been working on it for over a year. This is easily the biggest piece I've ever worked on. I can't count the hours I've put into this, the things I've painted over, the existing murals that I transformed and fit like puzzle pieces. It has been a real adventure molding my style to paint behind and in front of what was already there to create some depth and make the paintings alive.
I've been feeling alive lately, and for that I am grateful.