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01/16/2006: "End of a dry spell"

Well, I got back to Juneau on Sunday afternoon...I read a novel on the plane called Life Studies by Susan Vreeland, a book of short stories about artists and art...the writing isn't great, but I like reading about art so it was ok and more importantly, it made me want to get painting again, which I did as soon as I came in the door. I just finished a new painting tonight (for the most part), I think it looks pretty good. It feels amazing to be working again, and such a relief.

The new pieces have a bit different palette, more subdued with more burnt umber and raw sienna...I'll post some photos of the new work tomorrow when the light's better. In the mean time, I have dirty dishes, dirty clothes, dirty body, dirty teeth, you get the picture. It was worth it though. It always is. I mean, *damn* I love to paint!

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on Tuesday, January 17th, marja-leena said

Elise, I'm glad you had a good weekend and that the muse was waiting for you at home!!
I'm waiting for mine after a month's holiday! I know she will come, in fact, my mind has been refusing to go into deep sleep this night, like a computer drive endlessly processing!

on Tuesday, January 17th, Elise said

Hi Marja-leena, the endlessly processing mind is a good sign, I *always* get that way when new ideas are formulating. It can drive you a little nuts but again, totally worth it.

And, now that I'm painting again, I can look at the break as a well deserved rest though it never feels like that when you don't have a choice.

Anyway, I know your muse is on the way, enjoy!