I like to think that the constant internalization of artists makes us sturdy enough to carry the love, to take it in and pour it out again for others to savor. As I watch the artists in my own creative tribe navigate the waters of current global and personal change, my jaw simply hangs open in awe of their fearlessness, optimism, openness and generosity. It tumbles out in the art, wraps the world in its arms and whispers hey, here's a hug.
About the painting: Some stories are meandering....this painting is one of those stories. Beginning as an e-course exercise in abstracted earthy colors based on an inspiration image, it took a few detours. It wasn't until a subsequent exercise in Diebenkorn glazes that the lightbulb went off and the abstraction fell into place. Acrylic, watercolor crayons, colored pencil and Artgraf. And a whole lot of persistence! (Many thanks to Carl Stoveland Photography for permission to riff off of one of his incredible images)