With the lengthening daylight hours of March I can feel my wanderlust starting to rub the sleep from it’s eyes and begin gently moving it’s limbs in anticipation of adventures to come. I’ve really enjoyed this winter, even with the polar vortex which made the average temperature of February around -30 out here. I’ve read a lot of books, napped a lot and done yoga every day. I’ve tried new recipes and skipped in the basement because it was too cold to do so outside. I’ve added new paint colors and mixes to my palette. I’ve also been going through photos of my past travels; distant and more recent, near and far. It’s funny how you forget how much you can do in the course of a year or two. Sometimes I wonder why I took certain photos, and other times I scroll past something and it grabs my attention and demands to be put onto canvas now.
As the summer approaches and I continue preparing for a two solo shows (check the ‘show & tell’ section of this site for details) and Whyte Ave Artwalk, I’m letting the whims of memory take me where they will. I’m not very good at sticking with themes for shows as I inevitably get distracted with new ideas, so rather than pressure myself unnecessarily to stick to some rigid subject format, I’m just going with the flow. In January I was revisiting my trip to Vancouver Island in the fall, and now I’m currently stuck in the snowy woods and mountain vistas of Banff National Park. I added the two latest interpretations of our snowy mountain adventure from last month to my Etsy shop this evening.
As I write this I have 3 new outlines of Japan committed to canvas in the studio as a way to celebrate the one year anniversary of that amazing adventure. I’m thinking about their gardens. And the gardens I saw in Scotland. And MY garden. And the Yukon, as we head back there in July. Oh, and then Ontario because I get to go on a month long road trip there and back to paint and sketch in September with my friend Robin. See what I mean? The only thread that all these places have in common is where I have been.
So, here we go…