Artwork by Laure Carlisle
A lot has happened in the last 6 months! First, I had total knee replacement in both knees, 7 weeks apart. The surgery and healing process really sapped my creativity and it was a slow process getting it back!
Kate and I left the gallery/studio space in Atascadero and have a new location in Paso Robles that is working/teaching space only. We are loving it! I moved all of my equipment and tools into the new studio so I can now paint, fuse glass, work in titanium and make jewelry all in one location. I moved one load at a time with the help of John and Brandon and was able to arrange everything step by step. It was fun being able to re-organize and go through things as I found a place for them. (I just need to remember where I put everything!) There are still somethings left in our garage and I will gradually bring them up.
I had tried repeatedly to do a large acrylic painting after the knees - what a disaster! After painting the entire canvas over 4 times, I just let it sit with the last ugly version staring me in the face everyday! I didn't want anyone to see it and think that that was all I was capable of!!!! Finally, I figured out what was bothering me so much (I knew it was only a start but...) It was too tight and dare I say precious? Well I am now very close to being finished - just a few touch ups and tweeks. It has a strong pop art and almost cartoonish feel but I really am liking it, at last!