I stayed at The Old Mill Inn – a Bed & Breakfast in Hatfield, Massachusetts a few years ago to attend a wedding. The Mill and the landscape around it is rich with painting & drawing inspiration, so I snapped reference photos as often as I blinked. This little sink was in my room, and I loved the nostalgia and charm of the lace curtain, the light and the mirror (see the reference photo below). It reminded me of staying with my grandparents as a kid, in their rambling old colonial house with creaking wide plank floors, stone fireplaces and hand-hewn ceiling beams. If the walls could tell stories of the past 100 years in these places, I’d make tea, find a comfy chair and listen.
Indecision affects my studio time. Especially when I juggle between painting watercolor and printmaking. I love them both. A lot. Even if I settle on which media, I wrestle again with choosing a subject. As I demonstrated above, I can’t walk past a sink without thinking “Heyyyy, THAT could be a fun painting or print!” My photo catalog of art references is bulging at 30,000 images. I read this list of ten ways to combat indecision, and thought it was helpful. Sometimes another person’s shared road map is all the boost we need to find a path out of the dark woods. I’m using number eight and number ten off that list today. What about you?
Have a decisively artful day, and I’ll see you in the next post,
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