New Work: “In The Moment 1″ 36″x 36” Mixed Media on Canvas
My family and I have recently moved to into a new house and for about a month and a half have been knee deep in unpacking boxes and pulling everything together. We have a big blank wall in our family room so I wanted to create three new paintings for it.
I’ve never really painted specifically for my own wall before so it was an interesting project. Ultimately, it didn’t really change my approach much. I usually let the themes and ideas unfold as I work and these paintings were no exception. However, they did evolve a bit more personally this time.
Part of what we have learned as we’ve come through this enormous transition is that living in the moment is the best way to stay grounded. When we were faced with this huge decision about whether or not to make this move, we found that if we dwelled on the past too much it would make us blue, but if we anticipted the uncertain future too much it made us anxious.
Living in the moment was the best way to get through it and it really is a great way to approach life in general. All we can ever really control is the present moment. As I was creating these pieces, I realized about halfway through that this was the theme that was emerging.
The painting below depicts the melancholy that comes from living in the past. The bottom painting is about uncertainty and anticipation. And the message of the top painting is the contentment that comes from staying present.
New Work: “In The Moment 2″ 36″x 36” Mixed Media on Canvas
New Work: “In The Moment 3″ 36″x 36” Mixed Media on Canvas