I'm not exactly sure how it happened...but I do know that I have reconnected with my love of drawing and painting the figure. I set a goal for myself to try and do a painting a day...and wow, has it influenced my work and my days immensely! It has been hard to find models in this small town, so I turned to painting myself and some of the people around me.
Creating the fluid watercolor designs of my sketchbook on my pots, then just going with it! At moments I feel like I'm experiencing an identity crisis as I recognize the strong contrast of this latest work with my past work...but my friend Carolanne reassured me with great words, "You are just exploring! You are backpacking through the pottery forest. That's what an artist does! Take this opportunity to try everything - go everywhere!"
I look back and I remember about 3 years ago working with Linda Arbuckle during a workshop and asking her and myself a lot of questions...."why so much color, so much design, so many lines and figures in my sketchbook and none of that on my pots?" (Actually, I wrote about it at the time on my site.)
Maybe, I wasn't ready...that's where I was at the time, this is where I am at the moment, and we will see where I go.