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Insider Art Chat: Thoughts behind The Alchemy Collection

Updated: Oct 10, 2022

Gaining feedback is so important to me.

I work out so many things in my studio solo and I try to make time for valuable feedback.

I’d love to know your thoughts on the newly released “The Alchemy Collection”. Send me a note of what you like, what you want to see more of and what you think my next creative collection should be?

Every collection has a backstory. There is always a beginning, a middle, and an end. With some inherent "frustration" in that middle part. Here is how it all went down.

The Beginning: First Impressions

I arrived in Izmir, Turkey on a hot mid July from a very hot week in Paris, France. The heat in Izmir was so intense; it shut my mouth closed. I mean, it took my actual desire to speak away! That never happens, ha! Must first impression was: wow this place is hot but it also has movement. Walking along I would notice these amazing rock formations and textures. I just knew it then that I had to create my interpretation of what I saw and experienced.

The Middle: Coming up with the actual concept

Now comes the fun part, the concept phase. My concept phase happens pretty immediate. The idea comes alive because I start dream of shapes, colors and textures. Even the emotion of the smells and foods I experience become part of the concept. The concept of movement helped me to visualize each canvas.

People might not be aware but I get quite attached to all my creations. As soon as got back home to Connecticut, I pulled out all my canvases and just started to paint those colors and shapes that were in my head. It was like I was telling a good friend about my journey. It was all laid on that canvas.

The End: Final Touches

After completing five unique original paintings in varying sizes, that is when Mr. Self Doubt shows up and talks behind you. He always comes near the end trying to damper your groove. He likes to say, "you think this is good enough", "no one cares", "these are ugly". Ugh isn't he cruel!!?? Well I always have to then work on shutting him out of my head and move along with the process. After all, he is imaginary and why would I allow an imaginary thought to rule me?

I took a few samples to local retail locations and received such heartwarming comments. All of you have been super responsive. Thank you.

Not everyone will like these painting nor care about the work I have done. That is okay. I have always been prepared for that. These paintings tell my story of the Aegean and meandering with friends along the Mediterranean seas.

Leave a comment, and share your summer experience.

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