As bizarre is it may sound, the quarantine for Covid-19 has been something of a dream come true. If you know me, you know I love being home, surrounded by my stuff, my dog, and maybe most importantly, my art supplies. I have been so overjoyed with the ample time to work around the house and in my studio. I've loved the focused intention when preparing my meals... Before the quarantine, I rarely cooked at home, let alone used more than one pan per meal. Now I am happy to make a mess of the whole kitchen, dirtying up dishes and leaving a stack of pans in the sink while sipping wine and working on a puzzle. Self-isolating has been so fulfilling for me.
What I'm most excited about though, is the art.
You may or may not know, but I've been painting these little blocks for the shoppe for two years now. I am so happy with their progression and I am so in love with each little building that I create. Most I refer to as "barns", but some bring hints of church aesthetics and cabin-like architecture.
I get asked often if these are recreations of actual buildings or from my imagination and the answer is yes...both are true. I would say that most are from my imagination but I cannot deny that I draw greatly on my childhood memories and it's hard to say what my subconscious might be showing. Growing up, I spent a lot of time out in the country and the more barns I paint, the more memories I get of those times. The long car rides especially come to mind, aimlessly staring out the window watching the scenery roll by.
It’s very possible that each barn I’ve painted has passed by my sleepy eyes after a long summer day on the farm.