While my summer house and the surroundings give me lots of inspiration for art and time to create, I'm often frustrated when I want to try something new and I realize I don't have all the materials I need. My only access at times like those is mail order from Toronto or wait until I go back to St. John's. Both solutions mean waiting- something I'm not good at.
A corner of my studio in my summer house. I know it's so clean! Only the worktable is messy. All my materials are kept in the closet next to the table. My reading chair gets lots of attention.
The space also serves as a small gallery which I advertise in the region. I'm taking a break from company this summer. Notice that there's hardly anything on the walls except one of my first paintings by the window. I've removed all pressure to produce. I want to see where I end up.
I've spent the last week drawing and only drawing which is something I seldom do. I wanted to take a break from painting. I'm enjoying trying out all the drawing materials I've collected and never used. I was amazed by how much my drawing skills have improved since the last time I put a concerted effort into the task of creating using line and value. I am so much more adept creating form when I use paint. I think some of these drawings will end up in the encaustic work I plan to pursue when I return to my summer house or they may become part of mixed media work or then again they may end up filed under drawings. Here's a taste of my endeavors celebrating the poppy which is now in bloom here .