I'm sitting here remembering the past few weeks and looking ahead to the summer, now that my show has come and gone. I have had a couple weeks to regroup, let go of the old, and consider starting something new in the studio. It's a never ending cycle of creating and letting go. I haven't dived back into painting, but enjoyed a little break. I did dabble with landscape painting and created the painting above. It felt really good to loosen up and play with the paint, to be a little more intuitive and free compared to the more structured still life. I remembered I was thinking of a series of Nocturnes and I still feel excited with the prospect of painting those.
My show seemed to come and go in the blink of an eye. I was so happy with the gallery and how thoughtfully they hung the work. It was a great show and I'm happy to say there were a few red dots even before the official opening!
At Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
my parents viewing the still life featuring my father's ceramics
I also had some time to get out and enjoy Spring migration. There have been a plethora of beautiful birds in the area and I'm having a great time trying to capture them with my camera.
We even got to take a couple road trips around the state, hiking and visiting our favorite spots. My sis was visiting and we hit Canyon Road in Santa Fe one day:
We climbed Tetilla Peak and had views for miles and miles:
drove through the pines:
Visited Black Mesa:
and enjoyed the beautiful green across the state! It was a nice break, filled with inspiration. Now I return to the studio, refreshed and rested, ready for what summer brings.
One more bit of news, I am in the planning stages for an upcoming workshop in Virginia! I will be teaching indirect painting in still life. I'm super excited and am working closely with Debra Keirce, who graciously invited me to teach. She just hosted a five day workshop with Kate Stone, which sounded amazing. If you have an interest in getting more info please contact Debra at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I will of course share more about this opportunity in future posts. and check out my new website: www.SarahSiltala.com