It's been a rough couple of weeks for my family but I'm finally back in Denver and painting. I live for the weekends when I can stay up all night sketching and painting. There just aren't enough hours in the week to do everything I want to do. I tend to be a little hyper focused on things I'm interested in. I'm not planning any extensive travel this year like I normally do because I'm only interested in painting right now.
I'm heading back to Antarctica in just 5 short months and I won't be ready to go this year. There are far more creative projects floating in my mind right now than I can possibly finish before I leave but such is the life of the artist that holds an awesome regular job.
I feel such a pull in both directions. Almost anyone that has been to Antarctica can tell you that once you step foot there, it's hard to imagine not going back. But I don't paint while I'm there so while I'm at South Pole I feel a constant pull to come home and get back to painting. Often there are piles of unfinished canvases waiting for me and I literally lose sleep thinking about them while I'm gone each year. I suppose in the big scheme of things, I should just appreciate that this is a good problem to have.
I've done a lot of experimenting with my paintings this spring. I seem to be gravitating towards more bold, graphic designs which is partially influenced by my 10,000 sketches project. This project is having a much bigger impact on me than I ever imagined. (I'm nearly 5% done. At this rate, it will take me about 12.5 years to finish...)
I've also discovered some artists recently that are influencing my work like James Victore and Bryden Lando. The way their minds work is so completely foreign to mine, but I love studying their work. It makes me think about things differently and I can see the change in some of my recent work which is exciting to me.
It's spring in the rockies. And right now I can't imagine being anywhere else...