3/27/15 Notes to Myself: Imaginary works.... There's been a period of years where I have felt like I lost my imagination. This is connected to my creativity and although I could still find myself creating I had this sense of something missing that I used to have. Questioning this side of myself is opening doors to looking at my process. As an artist who resonates painting from life there's been less identification with using my imagination and more of a connection to my observation skills. Recently I was asked to do a commission of a portrait of roses. This is an interesting challenge as the painting will be developed through a series of photo graphic references. Working from photo's for me always seemed to require a little more imagination because there were parts I couldn't experience and I found that more difficult. As I have been collecting images of roses and vases a variety of ideas have begun to unfold. My imagination has been sparked in new more identifiable ways. What's unfolding is a small series of studies in preparation for a larger painting. These will be shared with the client for further discussion as I move toward the final project. The painting posted is one of the series. Imaginary works are in interesting way to stimulate more imagination!