I’m on a big artistic adventure this year and I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t been doing enough to document it. With that said, I’m going to attempt to backlog but rather just let you know where I’m at now and keep moving forward. There are just a few things that will be helpful to know as I share stories of my daily life.
1) Last August, I packed up and moved from St. Paul, MN to Chicago, IL.
2) The intention behind this change is for me to explore and expand my art experiences.
3) The last six months have been filled with ups and downs but more importantly, life lessons.
So, here I am, working and living in one of America’s greatest cities. It’s an incredible place for artists – full of opportunities to expose yourself to all realms of art and to feel inspired. Back in the Twin Cities, I used to walk around the city streets to kick start my imagination. I have brought this sense of curiosity with me onto the much busier and much bigger streets of Chicago. Often, I find myself looking around, above and below me for ideas. If you’re an artist and you’re reading this, you may understand what I mean when I say that I make observations and store them for later inspiration. I make note of the shapes of the buildings against the sky, the perspective of the sidewalks as they disappear down the street and the contrast between man-made color schemes juxtaposed against a beautiful sky.
Moments, however, are ephemeral and I am working to capture them with more discipline. Like this photo I took last night. I was walking in the hustle of the 5 o’clock PM commuters as they trekked towards Union Station with thoughts of home. Just as I glanced to my right, I was struck by the brilliant colors of this scene in the evening dusk – warm tones on a cool evening. Cerulean and brick red, a combination I don’t usually observe. Despite the flow of the crowd, I stopped, set the frame and clicked my iPhone so I could return to this image when I needed. Yes, some people may have wondered what I was photographing but more likely, no one noticed or no one cared. Simple as that. I slid my phone back into my jacket pocket and trudged ahead in step with the others.
I hope you will stay with me and follow along as I share my mini inspirations and painting progress. I am happy to be on this adventure. Every day here is worthwhile for my growth as an artist and a person in this world.
Be well. Do well. Make something beautiful.