Rethinking a Painting, One Step at a Time

I can’t believe it’s 2021. I can’t believe it’s February. I can’t believe it’s Friday.
Like where has the last year/month/week gone? OK…sorry I asked.

All I know is that I woke with a start at the beginning of the week like a rabbit emerging from hibernation. That little voice said “Get your painting act together NOW because before you know it, you’ll be reopening our co-op Gallery in Bear River in May. 

Late afternoon in the studio.

I’m also thrilled that my friends at Lucky Rabbit & Co in Annapolis Royal have invited me to hang a solo show, also in May. More to come on both openings………

Meanwhile, it wasn’t just deadline panic that shook me awake on Monday. The heartwarming emails and comments from readers of this blog to my last post moved me. Your messages summed up that:

1. We all need beauty, music, the visual arts in our lives – especially now
2. These human needs are essential for our inspiration and to lift our spirits

I was also reminded how good it makes me feel to connect with like-minded people who value creativity. It certainly alleviates some of the isolation I feel in these times. So, thank you!

Now, let me show you what I’m working on.

A painting has returned to the studio after a 4 year journey through 2 different galleries. I am tweaking and changing it and I’ll tell you my ‘whys’ in this video:

Rethinking a Painting.

This is how it looks today. It might not be finished.

Summer’s Dream. Acrylic on Canvas. 36″ x 48″, © Flora Doehler, 2014-2021

And that ‘might not be finished’ part keeps me having several paintings on the go all the time. Like this collage I’m developing from pieces of paintings on paper.

We’ve had a little bit of snow too. That’s the studio in the background and I’m tramping around in my snowshoes thinking about my next steps. Outside and inside.

2 thoughts on “Rethinking a Painting, One Step at a Time

  1. Hi Flora, I love watching your process, which is amazing. I’m not sure if this is the right place to talk about the video of you rethinking the painting. But I love it.


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