i was having a little bit of a dry spell after i made this painting and this one, which happens to me often after i finish a project i feel really committed to. it's like all my mojo gets squeezed out of me and i struggle to find inspiration. i never know how long my lack luster will last but i go through making really bad paintings that usually get covered up in gesso or i keep myself busy avoiding the studio. i've come to accept this, just as long as i don't let it go on too long.
"inspirations does exist, but it must find you working." -pablo picasso
this time i got lucky. a good friend of mine shared pictures she found of her grandma and i just fell in love with them. i immediately wanted to work with them and she gave me her permission to use them. the photo i used in this painting was my favorite. it looks so much like a photo my mom has of herself when she was younger. (i have to find it) this photo just speaks to me so much and makes me wonder about the lady in it. her hat. her coat. her small smile. i see strength behind her. just like i see in my mom.
|"when i was young" - by rita maria|
24" x 18"
mixed media collage
|hanging in the studio|