I began a blog this past October, titling it 52 card pick-up. I never was able to finish the entry, because life, as it usually does for me, took me, fast forward, into the next stage. I was suddenly whisked from my time of floating, frustration and insecurity – even if I WAS painting , to action. I suddenly was on my way to Taos, NM; one of the places of my heart, and always a place of healing and focus for me. Home. I spent a week there with friends and family, and returned with wheels and the unsold work from my series Waltz Across Texas – both large and small – and a sense of urgency to get going!! It was time to start!!! Yes, I’ve been painting, but I was ready, finally, to start!!!
Now, I’ve gone from one extreme to the other.....such is the life of a painter. You never know when plans you may have laid down months or even years earlier, with a time template and everything, are going to finally swing into place. No matter how hard I tried, I found I had no choice but to float, to wait. And as frustrating and negative as that sounds, and it was, it was just where I needed to be. I didn’t see it until I got to the clarity that I find in Taos. I realized that I had leapt off the cliff, or tossed my cards into the air, and I didn’t fall....but I floated, and have kept floating, watching, using small movements to help me keep direction, but am still floating; and it’s good. I’m enjoying it! I’m not crashing into the ground! Who knows where the bottom will be, but if and when I need to land, it will be toe, roll down to heel, first.
I’m painting again, but laying the groundwork first – to find the real direction this commission is going to take. I’m immersed in my giant Waltz Across Texas paintings, and letting them speak to me and take me where I need to go! Floating is good!!