|Back on Track, 8x8, original acrylic sketch by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki|
For many of us, winter holidays are an opportunity to re-connect with family and friends, to reset and re-start what we are doing, to experience a new beginning. This is supposed to be refreshing and inspiring, but there is also a side-effect. Amidst all the celebrations, I tend to lose my groove.
I love my groove. It's a good groove - making art, experimenting, studying, dreaming up new work. What's not to like about it?
In fact, I like it much more than all the holidays and celebrations in the world, and I am not sure that I need any re-starting and refreshing at all. These things are distractions that stand between me and my art, making me squirrelly and grumpy.
I am not a holiday Scrooge. I can do it for a day or two, but when it stretches over a week, it messes up my groove.
It's already the third week of January and I am finally back in my studio, happy as a clam. I got back to work in small steps and with a lot of play.
The piece above is 8x8 inches and it was a joy to make. I jumped into it without any planning whatsoever, used pigments at hand, blocked in wildly without drawing, played with brushstrokes to my heart's content. It felt great!
I hope that you haven't lost your groove over the holidays, but if you did, do what you need to to get back into it.
Make your art!