I am in my studio most days.
With the door open, in January. Thanks goodness I live in North Carolina. I noticed yesterday two daffodils growing outside my door. In January.
None the less, working conditions are a little chilly, and intense. Now that I’m working with encaustic I am learning a completely new medium, one which requires patience, and a blow torch. Literally.
While I learn this beautiful, complex, unending new medium, I am also continuing to make small watercolors.
These works are essential. They keep me learning about composition, color, and negative space. They are primarily instinctual which means that I can be creative in new ways while working on them. And they are highly meditative, a bit like walking a labyrinth.
What I have noticed is that the more I work on these small works, the more I see them reflected in larger, more elaborate works of art. Somehow the small scale informs the large pieces. I am learning from them.
It is a wonderful thing as an artist, to realize that the tiny, quick, seemingly easy works are an essential part of the whole of a creative life. They are key to moving forward in the bigger picture, and play a much larger role in it than I would have originally thought.
Thanks goodness for small squares of paper, and a few spare minutes.
Be kind to animals. Listen to children. Learn from small things.