Don’t resist joy, seek it out

I’m back from open studios and holidays and have started a new series of paintings.

I’ve had some time sitting in my studio researching relevant artists and thinking about what I want to say with my work. Can my work speak out for me? I think it can. Especially when I’ve got loads to say but I think nobody listens. When I want to worship my God and I don’t have a sufficient outlet. Or to express the opinions I have, my frustrations, anxiety or pure joy.

I had a wonderful experience at my open studio where a visitor was almost moved to tears by one of my paintings. That’s why I want to paint and that’s how I want to paint!

Don’t resist joy, seek it out is the name of my new series of work. Using colours inspired by my feelings and by these words. Below is what I have produced so far with acrylic paint, paint pens, spray paint, pastels and collage.

I have several substrates on my desk and I have a canvas on an easel as well.

This is work in a journal.

These will be turned into mail art postcards,

and this is a papier mache plate I have used as a substrate for a painting, this I think is finished.

A fellow artist complemented me on how well my work was developing and how it has improved over the past year or so. I have been spending more time in my studio because of COVID, so I’d best keep it up hadn’t I! That encouragement and the experience of open studio has given me the boost I needed to keep going with my work. 🙂

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