Where does the time go? A new year is upon us and living in the moment has never seemed so important to me. Each minute, each hour, each day is precious. Slowing down. Considering the world around us and how we respond before that exact time and place has slipped into the past. Slowing down or better yet stopping once in a while, even just for a bit, brings so much into focus.
I think most artists seek to find their creative voice, their particular niche in the world of art-making. It can be a challenging life-long pursuit of trial and error, pushing yourself to reach further with each brushstroke, with each new painting. Is the work honest? Is it unique or is there, in fact, anything that is truly unique? Sometimes our goals can also be sidetracked or distracted, and we need to pause and consider where we are in the big scheme of things. Are we still heading in the right direction, staying true to our aspirations, or have we somehow discovered a new path?
I have never felt so inspired to create new work as I do right now. Surprisingly though, I feel the impulse to not push myself as much as trust myself, to trust that creative instinct that simply says, "follow me." There will no doubt be unexpected surprises along the way, but the path is clear. Stay tuned. New paintings are in the works.
Anna Horsnell SCA
Canadian painter of contemporary abstract art