A New Year begins!

2016 - New Year
One of the amazing beaches on the NNSW Coast where we spent a much needed break.

Time flies as the New Year begins, particularly when you are spending time with friends and family. I hope you all had a fantastic break over the festive season and were able to recharge in preparation for the New Year as it steams ahead.

I made myself take a mandatory extended holiday this year as I found trying to recharge from the previous year’s schedule was not possible with only a couple of weeks break – especially when you have a family.

So this year – 2015/2016, I promised myself extended time to allow myself time with my loved ones and to take stock on what 2015 held. It was such a fantastic year with exhibitions, commissions and gallery work, and a lot of the time my little studio was filled to the brim.

While I missed being in the studio, being able to spend time with my hubby and children has been the best way to recharge not only my energy but also my inspiration for future paintings.

I’m not going to pretend that seeing the amazing beachscapes over the holidays didn’t want me to run back to the studio and grab my paints, but I really did enjoy being able to take the time to spend in the moment and truly study what was going on in the landscape at the time.

2016 promises to be no different with 3 exhibitions to be involved in (keep an eye out for your invitations) plus the many artworks that are now dancing in my mind.

As I prepare to return to my studio, I have enjoyed receiving the most beautiful emails from the recipients of my commission drawings and paintings, I really enjoy creating works for that special place in a home or a loved one, and it is incredibly rewarding to know that you have created an artwork that has connected with the intended giftee.

These emails are the most amazing source of inspiration on days when my creative energy is down, so I thank those who have emailed me for taking the time to let me know, it really does mean a lot.

So, that being said, it is now time for the paints to be brought back out to the easel, the pens and ink to return as well.

Aarwun Gallery has remained open all of January Strathnairn Arts Gallery reopened last week, Barton Estate is open to the public (check their website for opening times) with soon to have new works on the Cellar Door, Collecting Thoughts has new works in store, and you can still find some of my smaller works at The Blind Dove in Harrison, where they make the best coffee in Gungahlin (not to mention their Gluten Free Menu – Yum!).

Yep, while it was hard to be disciplined to have a break away from the studio, I’m now looking forward to starting the year in a burst of inspiration!

Have a great week everyone ~ K