It didn't happen today but I'll get to that in a bit. Usually I start my studio day with a little collage like these two.
I have boxes and baskets of little papers, I'm trying to use them up. These are small, the largest is 4x5 inches. I have no idea what I'm going to do with them yet but that hasn't stopped me from making them. It's the doing that's important.
But something else is important -- feeding my soul. And that's why this morning instead of going into my studio I went in to our garage and blew up my new inflatable kayak. This is a replacement. The first one leaked but that didn't keep me from liking it. Instead of just sending it back I asked and got a replacement.
When my paintings were realism they were usually boats. I especially love old boats; rowboats and oars had been an ongoing theme.
I love being on or in the water, it feeds my soul. We sailed for many years but that was a long time ago. My husband doesn't have the same need for being on the water that I do so for the past several years I've gone on an art retreat at Spider Lake where I get my water fix and do a lot of painting.
This year that wasn't enough, I needed more time on the water. I took skulling lessons which had been on my bucket list for more years than I care to admit. Loved it but -- I don't have a place to keep a skull on the water and haven't seen an inflatable sooooo I bought the kayak.
While my husband doesn't need the water, he does enjoy being out on it so this afternoon we are headed out to try this new one. He'll rent, I'll use my own. He enjoyed it the last time we did it, who knows, he may decide he likes it enough to get one too.