I opened my painting studio for the first time yesterday, after being away from it for almost 2 months while traveling with my family through Chile, South America. I can’t tell you how exciting and invigorating it was to be back after what seemed like forever.
There is something about traveling – being away from everything that you know and which makes you feel comfortable and secure – that wakes you up and opens your eyes to the greater picture of what the world has to offer. My favourite thing about traveling is the perspective that I gain, not only from the new places I’m seeing and people I’m meeting, but also the ability to compare and reflect on my own life.
I can’t think of anything else that makes me feel so alive and passionate than traveling the world. I definitely had bittersweet feelings about coming home but the moment I stepped through the door of my studio I felt right at home.
When I left this painting back at the beginning of December, I felt that it was close to being finished. I had planned to add a few more brights on the upper right and more colour and texture to the foreground but that was pretty much it.
Of course when I came back feeling so fresh and alive, I started painting with a new vision. I started adding these bright greens and vivid colours that reminded me of my time in South America.
The painting took on a life of its own as I painted, mesmerized, all day and all night until it was finished. Here is the final product as of 2am.
A title and proper photos coming soon! This painting is 24″ x 36″ and available for purchase.
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