Sunday, May 3, 2009

Getting Back to the Creative Groove

Ahh, sunny Jamaica! It's hard to believe that it was just two weeks from today that Brian and I set off for our much needed relaxing vacation to Jamaica. We have traveled to a few of the Caribbean Islands before, but I think we have found one of our new favorites. By the second day into our vacation I was sooo relaxed to the point that I can't remember when I felt so at ease and carefree. We stayed at the Grand Palladium and were very happy with our accommodations.
There were lovely sunsets, yummy food and tropical drinks, and friendly people. The size of the pool was quite amazing it wraps around the main building forming a crescent shape, I am not much of a fan swimming in chlorinated water so never actually made it into the pool. We went to the quieter beach that had all the water sports so that we could take advantage of the sea kayaks, Catamarans, and swimming in the warm Caribbean water. We also did a few excursions off the resort. My favorite was zip lining up in the mountains. We arrived home last week feeling refreshed, much to my surprised we came back to unusually warm temperatures. Spring is now in full bloom here. I absolutely love the color of the fresh greens, mixed with soft white and pink petals and a hint of burgundy from the buds still waiting to burst forth. It has inspired me to completely rework some of the pieces that have been laying around the studio.
I started off today trying to rework this piece. I actually spent a couple hours on it and was feeling totally in an artist block of where to go with it. I was really not happy with it. After lunch I was so frustrated I just squirted some limey green, yellow and pink paint out and in completely covered over the whole piece to give it new life. It is not quite done but I already love it so much more and it felt really good giving myself the permission to scrap it and start fresh. This week is a busy one for me. I participating at an Arts Festival this weekend and also coordinating the student artwork for the festival.
Last year i attended this festival and it had a great turnout. I will be doing some Spring cleaning and selling many my original pieces from last year at more than half off the original price. Its definitely time to let go and make room for some new work. If you are in the Dover area on May 9th from 10-3 please stop by, say hi, and check this event out!


Lisa Valerie Blake said...

Hi Care,

I love that vibrant pink & lime green bird piece you re-did. Scrapping it and starting over is an important part of the process, eh? I had a great time in Boston on Friday PM. Visited withE Erin & Melissa and met a mutual friend, Meg, out at a new restaurant/bar called Milky Way. It was rejuvenating to get back into the urban scene! Saturday's teachings with the Dalai Lama were also fantastic. My press pass put me up in the open aired, heated media box over looking the entire stadium and right across from the stage. The sun came out in the afternoon and I found myself down on the field to take some very close up photos, which are posted on my blog. I am hoping the Portland paper is going to run my piece, but am also submitting an article with photos to a few Buddhist/Spiritual mags. Hope your busy week goes well. Talk to you soon. Love, Lisa

Gretchen said...

The beauty of your own art-- it is yours to do as you wish. Looks like your creative spirit is alive and well!
Jamaica sounds like a dream vacation. I think I must plan a trip to the ocean, soon...

Happy Spring Wishes!


paperbird said...

I have always wanted to go to Jamaica- It looks like a beautiful place to relax and soak up the sun.
Good luck at your Arts Festival- wish I could go to see your lovely artful creations.

di from di-did-it said...

Yay, you're back! Good luck at the Arts Festival.... wish I could come buy some of those originals. Iowa is just too far for a weekend road trip.