June 13, 2014

Familiar Territory

It has been almost 2 months since I last painted. I’ve done some creative work, such as framing, journaling, reading etc. But having not painted in two months seemed to be taking its toll.

I started a new art piece this week and I honestly believe that my soul was grieving because it had been so long since I last painted… For the first few minutes my materials did not seem as familiar to me, and it probably took about 15min for the confidence to return and then I was  back in familiar territory. By now this is a process I’ve come to understand… You have to have a bit of patience and acceptance to see it through without building frustration.

Here are the results of last evening’s work. I’ve almost completed the charcoal underpainting and will soon start layering the pastel on top. This piece will be a “quadriptych”, meaning that it is composed of 4 individual pieces which together shall form one art piece. This will be the first time I’ve done a quadriptych.

I’m feeling excited about this one! Stay tuned to see how I progress through the piece.




  • katherine July 14, 2014

    It was a such a thrilling surprise to see your post in my blogroll! Vanessa, your work is exquisite, so beautifully composed, and always with a strong expressive quality that is refreshing to see! I know how conscientious you are about focusing on particular aspects of your art and your subject matter, and I know that you will find your rhythm again quickly, maybe a little differently from before, but still an expression of what’s inside you now. I can’t wait to see more!

    • Vanessa April 9, 2015

      Hi Kathrine, thank-you for the encouraging words! It’s taking a while to find my rhythm again and I still am trying to get back into it to some degree. But taking one day at a time and trying to balance all of life’s responsibilities. Hoping to expand my portfolio this year so check in again fro sure. Wishing you a wonderfully creative year as well my friend.

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