I spent all of yesterday painting as a foot of snow blanketed the ground. Seems winter is holding on…deep breaths and patience, required. But the silver lining of snowfall is the quality of light that comes along with it… more of that soft, white glow. It’s really lovely to paint by, and so I made the most of my too quiet day, and did.
I have never painted an orchid until now. Curious, as they are my absolute favorite plant…I have three that, when in bloom, provide me with significant personal joy (as well as excellent fodder for my instagram pics;).
Four paintings emerged, each with its own unique style. I think my favorite from the day is the watercolor that flowed from me the fastest… A quick sketch, where my hand was loose, my thoughts, gently free flowing. Not over thinking…rather, just feeling it, trusting in it and allowing myself to be lost in the moment.
Orchids… I am forever drawn to them. Someday, I’ll have a roomful:)
Here, a glimpse…
Original Watercolor ©Michelle Rummel
When you’re in the midst of the moment, working on the specific details of a project, it’s easy to sometimes lose sight of the overall impact of your work in a larger way. I was reminded of that when looking back to compile this year-in-review montage.
Throughout the course of the year, my studio worked with over 10 different Licensees on various product lines and collections. We signed new contracts, designed multiple bedding and bath collections for both Spring and Fall Markets in NYC, designed two new quilting fabric collections, created storyboards for stationery, tabletop and wall art presentations, traveled to New York City for Market weeks and the Surtex trade show as well as attended the Atlanta Gift Show. In between all that, I somehow found time to paint several new collections of artwork, all of which are now being considered and/or developed for 2014 product lines.
In the moment, it’s pure joy…I love the process from beginning to end and I value the fact that my day is always different. Looking back at this collective, I am so proud of what we accomplished and I feel energized to see my brand and business growing so beautifully.
Also worth mentioning, is that the artwork I create and then post here on this blog is yet another facet of my life. Those works are so often just for me, personally and deeply inspired and born from an inherent need to create. I acknowledge that carving out personal painting time is vital to my wellbeing and I have been so pleased with the body of work that quietly unfolded over the past year. It is truly a pleasure to share all of this with you, my professional and personal artistic pursuits, and as always, I am grateful to have your company on this journey ~