I was aware of a slump in creative energy for the past few months and realized it coincided with my partner’s five hospital stays in the past year and a half and my post operative care when I took him home each time.
If forcing a smile tricks your body into thinking it’s happy, as some say, I wondered if painting a bright, cheerful subject matter could push me back toward happiness and renewed creativity. I began in one painting session when my partner was still not back to health and completed it in a following session when he was on his feet again.
It worked. I’m off to buy new canvases to capture the ideas that are coming. I’m happy.