i hadn't really meant to be gone from here for so long, but December flew by with preparations for the holidays and then family descended upon us as we entered the new year. after that, all five of us in our family came down with what i think was the flu. we were knocked out for over a week! so much for thoughts about new year's resolutions. after we all recovered enough to get back into the swing of things, a major snow storm blew our way. that was last week and while we were still digging ourselves out of that, we had another snow storm this week.
to be honest, i haven't minded all the snow. it actually feels like winter now, instead of the rather warm Christmas we had. the girls are having a terrific time with all the snow. i even took them night sledding last night because school got cancelled yet again today.
but in the midst of all the busyness of living, i do have moments when i think about the year ahead and wonder about my hopes and dreams.
if you have been following me on Facebook or Instagram, you've probably seen some of my new works i've been posting on Saatchi and Etsy. i've been painting a lot. and they have been fun to do. i've been using much more water with my watercolours and so the paints have been spreading more, creating paintings that are much more loose and fluid than paintings i've made in the past. it's a quality about watercolour that i absolutely love. but lately, i think i've been embracing this quality more in my painting process and am painting more in layers. it's been fun and i hope that shows through in the work.
i'd like to embrace that same quality in my life, that ability to be fluid and flexible. i'd like to be more conscious of that this year. already, what with all the snow days and disruptions to routine, i am finding i need to be that. and the adaptation to this new place has required fluidity on my part. but i know much more lies ahead and challenging days and moments will hit my unexpectedly. i hope to remember to be fluid at those times.
i would love to hear what you think of the new works - comments will be appreciated! :)