September always feels like a new year for me. I love Fall the most of all seasons. I have been looking forward to this month in particular since I’ve had a painting timeout since Spring. I usually take a break over the summer but never for so long and with a doctors recommendation to rest my hand from overuse and the onset of arthritis. Sure, I’m old enough to get twinges but full on arthritis? No way! Yes way! My fingers are a little crooked and stiff but not as sore as they were so I’m glad I was good but wow, it was HARD.
I took up illustrating so I could continue being creative (and less grumpy) during my hiatus and fell in love with it all over again. I will definitely be continuing with that as it’s the perfect outlet for my whimsical-side and so fun and rewarding to just create characters and stories. I read a wonderful quote the other day: ‘If you know an adult artist, they are a child who has survived’. That’s is what it feels like when I illustrate. Revisiting childhood - lighthearted, airy, free and a bit loopy. Anything goes.
September came and I was on it. I was ready to paint and had already prepped my cradle boards. I didn’t start small either but, I did go slow. For me anyway. The first painting of my painting season: ‘3 Secrets’, 4ft x 3ft. There is something powerful about painting large and the end result has impact and presence (is that redundant?) and after waiting so long, I wanted to paint something enormous but settled for medium-large and manageable.
I already have another composition in my head, a landscape but, I can never tell if something is going to happen as planned but it is what will be next. I think. I’m just so happy to be painting again. To be careful of hand-burnout, I have a timer now. Sigh. That is hard but it works. I stop, close up my paints, wash my brushes and do something else so that I will be able to paint tomorrow, and the next day and the day after that…
Happy September and I look forward to sharing a new year of work.
PS. There is a new Illustration page on my website! Visit HERE to have a look.