If you were in the path of Hurricane Dorian, I hope that you have fared well against The storm. It seems that every time a huge hurricane looms near the mid Atlantic, life and work seems to be put on hold while anticipating it’s trajectory. That said, I have been working on some new paintings and fleshing out new ideas for future paintings to be hopefully featured in my solo show this coming November. This week, a half completed painting that was put on hold for about a year was finally realized. Those feel really good when they are finished, I was talking to a good friend about the fear one faces when venturing into new territory and how our peers will react. Peer pressure is real and with social media it can be crippling. Worrying about how others will react and say is ever present and echoes the questions and doubts in our heads. If you are a creative person too, I hope that you can overcome the background chatter of negativity to produce your best work. I feel really good about this one and hope you do too. Thanks for following me on my own journey and I wish you well this week.
Additionally, I had just finished posting this and then listened to Neil deGrasse Tyson talk about his perspective of his favorite painting, specifically “Starry Night” by Van Gogh. It felt very validating to hear one of our generation’s greatest minds discuss the value of art and how important it is that artist convey their feelings through paintings. Not to merely render exactly what they see, but to interpret a resonance from within.