Hello, again! If you’ve been browsing the blog lately you may have noticed first, that there’s been a desperate lack of posts as of late and second, that I’m redesigning the look of things around here. A few months ago I was offered a semi-dream job that’s been a year in the making. In addition to accepting that position, I continue to do part time freelance consulting for the boutique nursery I managed back in San Diego. Keeping up with the demands of both has meant less time for Plant Propaganda.
What’s more, I’ve burned out a bit on the content and theme of this blog. The stuff that I’m doing now and that interest me have become much more varied, and I don’t get a sense of accomplishment from simply curating others’ work, which means I’m less motivated to put together that type of subject material. I don’t get paid to write this blog and I certainly don’t have an enormous amount of followers: I maintain it as an outlet for myself and to share what I’m working on with like-minded individuals. Moving forward my hope is to start sharing more of what I’m excited about, including lots of original content, and less curated posts, even if that means the blog becomes somewhat off topic.
I hope any loyal readers out there will give me feedback as I move forward. In the meantime, I’ll ease into things with some of the content you’re used to. Today, that means sharing the beautiful paintings of Clare Elsaesser.
Clare lives and works in the small coastal town of Jenner, California, which sounds downright picturesque. Her works are unique in their obstruction of the subjects’ face, often by impossibly lush bouquets of flowers. And although their faces are obscured, her portraits are more rich in feeling for it – despite their muted pastel colors, they give me an almost eerie sense.
Over on designer Tara Hurst‘s blog, Clare mentioned the struggle to feel confident in her artwork, and also that she had just finished reading a book about dealing with mental illness. I wonder if these feelings contribute to the implied shyness of her pieces?
Prints of Clare’s work as well as original pieces are available for sale through her Etsy shop.
Paintings © Clare Elsaesser