I’m still hanging out in Glasgow these days, away from my studio. My husband and I have been here since mid-November, when he checked into the hospital for his stem cell transplant. There have been some complications along the way, keeping us here longer than we’d hoped, but he is making progress. In the meantime, I am trying to keep up a little artistic practice from the small table in my temporary flat.
I’m mostly working in mixed media on watercolor paper. In addition to my usual materials (charcoal, pastel, pencil, watercolors, gesso, ink, conte), I am playing with some new Derwent Inktense pencils and blocks, which are solid ink you can draw with. The colors are beautifully saturated, although I feel I still have more to learn about how to best use them.
My subject matter is shifting focus a bit, as well. In addition to scenes from my daily life visiting Scott at the hospital, images of women alone and in groups have been inspiring me lately. From friends who have supported me through my husband’s illness, to the millions who have been standing up for their rights worldwide, I am greatly appreciating the power and strength of women at this moment in history. I intend to develop some additional pieces that celebrate this strength.
I’ve added a few new pieces to my online shop this week, which you can see here.