A Break Until January

Painting #1 “Fire Skies” 11 x 14 inches

I have decided to take a break and will return in January. I am a very positive person but with the Camp Fire affecting my neighboring communities, I have been dealing with some depression. I was worried the first week about a friend of mine who lived in Paradise. Once I heard that he and his wife were safe and sound, I was relieved. Sad to hear that he had lost everything in this fire.

Painting #2 “Foreboding” 11 x 14 inches

As the fires raged, I couldn’t help but paint what I was feeling. I was a Butte County resident during my college years in the 1980’s. This area is dear to my heart. My husband and I often ride up to Chico and Paradise for the day. It will be forever changed.

Painting #3 untitled 11 x 14 inches

This one was not as successful as I have hoped it would be. Perhaps a little busy. It turned more into a semiabstract.

Painting #4 “Fury” 11 x 14 inches

I just couldn’t get the fires out of my system.

Painting #5 untitled 11 x 14 inches

I don’t know what to think about this one, not sure where this is. Not sure if it success.

Painting #6 “Wistful” 11 x 14 inches

After completing this one I felt that I needed to take a break. My attitude towards my art has taken a big slump. I don’t like having such a negative attitude. I have decided to take a break from posting until January. I do have a pastel portrait to finish and I will continue with that.

I will see you all in January!

23 thoughts on “A Break Until January

  1. Margaret, I’m sure you’re familiar with the expression of people ‘wearing their heart on their sleeve’ – it’s a compliment to you that you manage to wear yours on your paintings. Knowing the narrative and seeing these paintings, especially the first three for me, they speak more powerfully of the terrifying horror of the fires than any photographs that I’ve seen! I quite understand your need to take some time out but know this: you’ll be missed. With all best wishes – John

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      1. Like your soul laid bare Margaret! I wanted to say that they’re wonderful – but it seemed almost flippant considering what they’re in response to – but I hope you can take this compliment in the manner in which it’s intended!

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  2. I wondered if the fires had affected you…..and am sorry to hear that they have. What a disaster, showing once again how fragile life is. l think it’s important that you made these paintings at the time of the fires….I think it’s time for reflection for the whole world right now. janet

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  3. Thank you for these beautiful and haunting pictures. I totally understand your sense of depression. My home town is Sacramento, and although I live in WA now, I continue to grieve over the Camp fires. Growing up we made many trips to Chico and surrounding areas. My prayers are with you, the survivors of Camp Fire and the families of those lost.

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  4. Dear Margaret, I was often wondering about you and your family when i followed the news about the fires. It did even affect me being thousands of miles away and making me depressive when I think about the amount of destruction and pain. My best wishes to you and your family and everybody in your neighborhood. Your paintings are very very impressive and touch my soul. All the best. Carsten

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  5. I think “Fury” and “Wistful” are the ones that touch me the most, maybe because they represent emotions at different ends of the spectrum, at least that’s how I see it. Take it easy during your break time and come back refreshed. I look forward to seeing more of your paintings when you return.

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