My first exhibition of the year is currently on display at the Carre des Artistes gallery in Montreal. The exhibition presents both my Women of Strength series and abstract works, showcasing movement, three dimensional texture work, and shade variance.
It is such a wonderful opportunity to see my work displayed in the gallery. A combination of older and newer works, the exhibition is primarily in blues and reds in order to focus on the techniques rather than the colors.
If you haven't been to the gallery before, you can also enjoy a coffee and sit among the artworks.
Walking through your favorite store is often inspiring but this visit led me down a creative path I did not see coming. Since the beginning of the year, I have been playing in teals and turquoises. A visit to West Elm in the late Spring inspired the addition of buttery yellows and rich corals. The results became my West Elm Inspired Collection.
Since I began to give in to my creativity, I have had bursts of ideas flow out of me. I try to follow these explosive obsessions to their end. Some last longer than others and their scales vary. But what I find is that, by exploring the concept or technique, I am able to deepen my primary work.
That process of creating without intention may be my favourite part. Or perhaps it is the absence of expectation. Those are the moments that are most free and where I am most present. In those moments peace envelops me.
The works that come from those places, I often want to hold onto for myself. They are also the pieces that are purchased first. It took me almost a year to realize that I could allow myself more of those moments. I could spend less time trying to recreate the works that got the most likes. I could dive into the works that were truer to who I am. I could have a varied portfolio and still be taken seriously.
I have the privilege of showing my work at Williams Sonoma this coming weekend. The store is absolutely blossoming with the feeling of Spring for the week leading up to Mother's Day.
I chose a few of my favorite items to share with you.
Which is your favorite?
*This post is not sponsored by Williams Sonoma or any of it's affiliates. Preferences are my own and all photos were taken by me.