I do not know if it happens to you too, but there are lessons in my creative life that I need to learn again and again.

For several months, I have been going through a transition period in my artistic journey. I feel the need to orient my works in a direction other than the one taken during the first part of 2018 for my last solo exhibition, but nearly 6 months later, I’m still not sure of the way to follow, or how to express it.

“Don du ciel, terre sacrée” (Heaven’s Gift, Sacred Land)

Monotype. Acrylic on paper.
8 x 10 in (20,3 x 25,4 cm) on 11 x 14 in (27,9 x 35,6 cm) paper.

"Don du ciel, terre sacrée" (Heaven's Gift, Sacred Land). Monotype. Acrylic on paper. 8 x 10 in (20,3 x 25,4 cm) on 11 x 14 in (27,9 x 35,6 cm) paper. December 2018. © Louise Lamirande.

“Don du ciel, terre sacrée” (Heaven’s Gift, Sacred Land).
Monotype. Acrylic on paper.
8 x 10 in (20,3 x 25,4 cm) on 11 x 14 in (27,9 x 35,6 cm) paper.
December 2018.
© Louise Lamirande.

To encourage me to move forward in spite of the uncertainty, I decided to learn new techniques in hope to discover, along the way, something able to captivate my interest for months or even longer. After weeks of collages, I switched to monotypes. I love this last creative approach and all the possibilities it offers me, but I feel that it is not quite that. You know that feeling that something is missing even if you do not really know what is it?

The more I think about the situation and the time goes by, the more I am anxious. It is far from easy to live. I would like to have clear objectives and a precise path to follow, but that does not work like that. The uncertainty and the unknown that I had learned to deal with in the past became again a cause for concern. Why? What changed?

It seems that I have once again forgotten an important lesson which I thought I have already learned for sure: live and create in the present moment. I found it to be a key element to my well-being and my inner peace of mind (meditation too).

Close-ups from the monotype…

Close-up from the monotype: "Don du ciel, terre sacrée" (Heaven's Gift, Sacred Land). Acrylic on paper. December 2018. © Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from the monotype:
“Don du ciel, terre sacrée” (Heaven’s Gift, Sacred Land).
Acrylic on paper.
December 2018.
© Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from the monotype: "Don du ciel, terre sacrée" (Heaven's Gift, Sacred Land). Acrylic on paper. December 2018. © Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from the monotype:
“Don du ciel, terre sacrée” (Heaven’s Gift, Sacred Land).
Acrylic on paper.
December 2018.
© Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from the monotype: "Don du ciel, terre sacrée" (Heaven's Gift, Sacred Land). Acrylic on paper. December 2018. © Louise Lamirande.

Close-up from the monotype:
“Don du ciel, terre sacrée” (Heaven’s Gift, Sacred Land).
Acrylic on paper.
December 2018.
© Louise Lamirande.

When my attention is focused on the present moment and the actions to be taken on a daily basis, my level of anxiety related to the uncertainties drops drastically. It makes me feel so good! As a bonus, I’m more productive and it is easier for me to let go when I paint.

So, for this New Year, I choose to reconnect myself with the present and live as fully as possible every moment leading to the other, because it is from these moments that my future will be made.

I wish you a happy new year 2019. May it bring you plenty of smiles and creative moments in abundance!

Thanks for your visit and see you soon,

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