I returned to my day job managing the community education programs at Memphis College of Art last week. I was sort of nervous about going back to work after three months at home with the baby, but things have fallen into place very well for me. The postpartum stuff isn't so daunting anymore now I'm back doing what I enjoy. I don't think I'll ever want to stop working. Making art fulfills me enough, but it can be hard to work on art with Echo around. I am learning to accept that my new reality is a studio with an easel alongside a baby bed and toys. While I can normally knock out a big painting in a day or two, this new one took me about 2 weeks to finish.
Eric and I are celebrating our 4 year wedding anniversary. It's wild how much has changed since just a year ago. About a year ago today, we were installing our collaborative show at Crosstown Arts and then I estimate shortly after that, Echo was conceived.
I have a commission in the works that I'll start once my canvas ships in from Blick.
In my next large painting, I want to work with a completely neutral color palette with tons of grays and browns just to see what happens. I have a family friend who enjoys my work and has expressed interest in acquiring a piece of his own for his new home, but my colors are too vibrant for his space. I think this will be a wonderful opportunity since I think my work is becoming too stagnant and all the same. There's something to be said for visual consistency, but I'm ready to try new things.
For one of my birthday presents, I decided to go in for a Reiki session at a local yoga studio. I got into energy work after my mom, a licensed massage therapist, incorporated it into one of our sessions. She was giving me a standard deep tissue massage and when she got to my feet, she started lightly touching my toes and I felt this instant wave of calm. It felt like something was being pulled through me from my head and out of my toes. I had no idea she would be doing energy work on me at the time and because of that unexpected reaction, I'm convinced it's for real. I'm really into it now and plan to do weekly healing touch sessions for as long as I can.
More hippie-dippie stuff I'm into includes essential oils (I dig Young Living, particularly their Thieves and Valor blends), crystal healing, and smudge sticks (sage and palo santo are the bomb). I still watch a little too much TV and the only exercise I get is walking around playing Pokemon Go...
Speaking of TV, "Stranger Things" may be the best Netflix original series ever made. You should give it a watch if you haven't already.
The next art show I'll be involved in is being put together by the Memphis Feminist Collective. They are still accepting submissions if any of you are interested. Event details can be found here.