I spent last year exploring different techniques, styles, subjects and sizes of artwork. From plein air to large studio pieces, thick impasto strokes to thin acrylic washes. Changing brushes and brush sizes. Exploring surfaces. It was exhausting. After a year of being in process mode I didn't feel any further advanced in my skills or personal satisfaction.
I decided to make peace with myself. I love to paint, I want to paint. So I just began to paint.
I started out early at the beginning of the month making small! 8x10 oils on masonite panels, producing images from what was influencing me at the time (mostly snow!). I don't know where this will go, whether it is a viable strategy, or how long it will continue. I figure at some point there will be an image or an idea or something I want to say that will break through and I will want to do a more significant piece. The very least, I will have a great collection of 8x10 sketches to produce a calendar at the end of the year!