When you promise a blog post on the 1stof August, and don’t write it until twenty-one days later.
It’s a winding road in August. August is always vacation month for us. And somehow it kicks the whole month off to a deadline-less summery existence.
It’s this daydreamy state where we forget we usually do have a rigorous schedule during the year. In fact- it’s difficult to even put your finger on what those commitments used to be.
We just float along; we still work, yes, but there seems to be so much time to smell the flowers that we forget that the beautiful squiggle of road will eventually end.
The 2019 calendar is such a nostalgic and idealistic impression of Americana. And I’m already feeling nostalgic that this artwork will be “so last year” in just a few weeks with the launch of the 2020 calendar. I’m excited to show it off to you. But it feels hard to say goodbye to this art that feels like something I want to luxuriate in longer.
I knew I wanted to paint something from California. I traveled there years ago, but I haven’t been back in so long, so this was truly a painting created from memory.
When I say painted from memory- it means I’m pulling from my emotional bank and remembering what it felt like to experience San Francisco. Generally, I remember walking up and down exceptionally steep hills. I remember it was a pretty place with lots of sunshine and busy city people living their lives.
I love the emotion exuded in Child Hassam’s poppy field paintings. His pieces always have such texture from his painting style, I loved responding to this piece in the flower portion of my painting.
Jack London is an author that I’ve read exclusively in school. It seemed appropriate to quote him on the eve of school’s starting all around the nation. This is, after all, when I would be rushing to finish my summer reading list and write up my responses.
I feel like that is great encouragement, no matter what your September and Fall schedule will be full of. No matter what’s in store, it’s going to be about how you play it. You’re going to play it well and, therefore; it’s going to be a good year ahead.
See you in busy September, for Calendar launch on the 16th!