It's been a difficult couple of weeks and not a lot to show for it artistically ... have had a lot of health challenges and what with end of financial year there is so much to take my attention away from what I love to do. I am lucky enough to work from home running our business but it also means that 24/7 my attention is divided rather than home being a sanctuary away from business and work commitments.
I imagine one of the most difficult challenges for artists and those trying to purse their creative dream is to find the time needed to make progress and feel they have achieved results.
I am currently working on a page of seven flowers .... here in Australia it is the middle of winter - choices are few and involve visits to the garden centre for inspiration .... then trying to mentally compose a page that is pleasing and yet shows a great variation. So far I have only been able to do some sketching and tonal studies but I don't feel like I am anywhere close to having a selection.
More often than not other tasks take priority - family, business, housework ... and then art. How I manage to fit in a course like the Society of Botanical Artists Diploma Course in amongst an already full life was always going to be the main obstacle. Time management is crucial - and when you do have the time your health has to allow you the creative freedom to let your mind and heart connect to what you are trying to achieve.
I really enjoy sketching and hope one day to spend more time with sketchbooks and journals but for now I have to commit to the deadlines. The colours and hues of each flower are also proving a real challenge - trying to find the exact colour to depict the flower accurately takes time and lots of trial runs. I am so fortunate to have contact with a wonderful group of supportive artists who are always willing to help and suggest options - technology may be exhausting at times but I feel far less isolated by having the internet to connect us to each other.
I don't have any paintings to show but thought I would post a photo of one of the very first roses I attempted to remind myself I have come a long way and it's all about the journey...