After all the turbulence of 2021, finally life seems to be getting back to normal. Sort of.
During the harshest lockdown in July-Octiober 2021, when our "areas of concern" plagued Western Sydney were only allowed to travel within 5 km radius, and our "leaders" reminded us we have the waterways here in the West - no reason for us to be jealous for beach suburbs:) Um, yes. Sure. I have quite a few Western Syd Waterways paintings from that period - honestly, I think that was painting that kept me sane during that crazy time.
Anyway, that's rapidly becoming a history - and new things are happening, and new paintings, and I'm looking forward to all the new whatever that the 2022 is about to bring.
It's now becoming a tradition for me to go on holidays/painting retreat - all by myself - in February, just after the school holidays and other massive holidays are over and all the crowds are off back home.
Mid North Coast is my forever love and inspiration, the area from Crowdy Head to Port Macquarie. Crowdy Head NP was my very first traveling/camping place, I started exploring Australia from there when I just arrived to the country almost 20 years ago. Lots of memories, and somehow soothing feeling that the ocean is still the same, beaches, forests. mountains and lakes are always the same and always there for me. I walked a lot, swam a lot, eating local seafood by tons and painted. It is also interesting to compare the last year's painting from the same plate to the new ones - and be pleased by the progress. Well, sort of pleased. Lots to learn and lots to master, but I'm definitely getting better - by my own standards (And my own bar getting higher as well).
Overall, recharged for the beginning of the year, some plans are already made, few exhibitions are on the horizon, will see where it will take me.