It’s been a difficult 2017. I spend an hour writing down what actually happened last year and then ended up binning it.
What would be the use?
In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.
Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.
The great thing is that I have a fantastic 150 sq metre studio all to myself. I can actually work on more than one painting at a time, and I’ve done my best work since moving and leaving Meerendal (and all the bad history that goes with it), behind me. That is the past…this is a new future. The last few months I’ve put all my energy and vision behind my own work again. Planning lots of changes for 2018 including for the Art School.
I’ve learned more about my encaustic medium in the last few weeks than what I have learned in the last year. I’ve also managed to answer my own question about sharing that info.
I came to the conclusion, that some things are better left unsaid. Some things are better left unshared. Every person has to find their own treasure.
I’ve learned some hard lessons this last year. One of them is that I share my hard-earned experience, experimentation and knowledge too easily, giving it away to others that has not worked and sweated for it. Some things I will keep to myself, maybe sharing with fellow artists that has walked the same journey as I have. Fellow artists that has kept going as I have, in spite of every possible obstacle in their way.
For 2018, I will focus on my Art as never before, giving it all my attention and energy.
Herewith a look at my latest three pieces. They are all at Lindy na Niekerk Gallery. Lindy has also been voted the second best gallery in the Western Cape. What an honour to be represented by her.
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