When we first started our business it was great because he finally had a real studio of his own, the space was amazing. He spent every day there painting very large abstract pieces and getting back his artistic groove. Then after 4 years we moved our studio to a different location, better for the classes and business but not for Bruce. It was much smaller, didn't have the high ceilings nor the space for his large canvas'. So, he moved his studio home and into the garage with my pottery studio. We created our art together in the garage for a few years, but it wasn't the ideal space for him, with all my dusty pottery it wasn't good for his painting , so he moved the studio into one of our bedrooms, but it was too small for creating large pieces... then he became uninspired and stopped. That was last year and he didn't feel creative, he didn't work on his own art, just taught the kids. He was burned out, both by the business and teaching for 10 years. We knew it was time for a change.
He was so excited to move here for the year and focus on his art. He always feels so inspired in France so 2 weeks ago when we were in Toulouse he picked up a bunch of paper, charcoal, conte, pastels, fix, erasers, etc....he wanted to start drawing again and so each day he spends 3 or so hours in his studio creating some amazing pieces. In the past 10 or so years he had been creating mostly large abstract oil paintings, he wanted to get back to drawing realistic stuff.
We are going to head down to Albi in a week or so to pick up painting supplies and some canvas so he can start painting. He feels that some things are great as drawings but others need to be painted, they just need the texture and color of paint. We were talking to some friends we had over for dinner and they have a commercial space in one of the villages and they saw his work and want him to do a show in the spring. I think that would be great. Anyway, here is some of his work. My artist is back! Enjoy.
barn down the road
our other neighbors