I read recently that about 78% of working artists
travel....to see new sites, to relax and regroup, and
to gather new inspiration for their work. I am one
of those 78%ers. My recent trip home is a prime
example. Yes, I was pretty much on vacation...but
the whole time I was taking in the bright patterns
of all of the Mexican influenced art there: the painted
pottery, the woven tapestries, the embroidered
dresses. Just looking around in San Antonio is a
feast for the eyes...color and pattern are everywhere.
So I came home and started working on a series of
"Louisiana" patterns and color, starting with one of
my favorite motifs: the egret. This is an acrylic
sketch for a larger painting. I am still working out
the design, but this is where I started. I have the
image I want in my mind's eye, and this is not
exactly there, but it is a start. And afterall, they
say just getting started is half the battle!
I met several interesting new people during my
trip. I hope some of you are joining us on the
journey here...welcome aboard!