I love to work big. I love feeling uninhibited to cover a huge surface with a variety of colors and patterns and apply an overabundance of information to really make a strong visual impact. But lately, I've felt the need to practice working small again so I can produce more finished products with limited time.
I notice that instead of "nesting" in the traditional sense, I'm going crazy trying to do as much painting now as I can before Baby Echo comes. I have applied to a couple of shows happening this summer, will hopefully score a large scale commission that would be due in June if I am selected, and I have a new website in the works.
All of this is happening while I prepare to take my maternity leave from MCA and get everything ready at home for a tiny person to start living with us. I like this pace and feel blessed to have so many opportunities coming my way, but I feel like I should slow down a little bit.
That's where working on these smaller pieces comes in. I can fulfill my desire to be making something, but they are fast and easy and don't physically tax me like working bigger does right now with my big ol' belly.