Sunday, September 29, 2013

Getting READY!!!

I have been UBER busy working a few different jobs, and painting the work for my show which opens on Saturday the 5th.  I have done the bio/artist statement, made the postcards, printed them, handed/posted/ them out, and today finished the last of the two large paintings.  It is surreal that I have created an entire new life, a very different life from the one before.  It is a lot of work, but it's joyful work!!!

The last painting gave me a really hard time, and I am hoping that it will be dry enough to be able to hang. I put it outside in the sun today, hoping that it will be ready by Tuesday morning when Nancy and I hang it.

It has been quite the interesting experience, as I had to paint 5 or 6 small paintings, and two LARGE ones for the show.  I still have to wire them, and make the price list. When I had my two other shows a few years ago, I already had the work done and just had to frame some of the pieces and do the PR work. This time I had to create at least half of the artwork for the show, and most of it was done within the last month....and even more exactly, the last three weeks.

I have secured the member's wall at the Woodstock Art Association/Museum for February. I think I will make new paintings of Spain, and challenge myself with some architecture and an even bigger canvas.  I worked on two 24 x 36" canvases for this show, which were very large for me after working on small 5 x 5" pieces.  I have two canvases in my studio that are even LARGER. The problem is, where am I going to store these pieces if they don't sell? Larry, get out your tool kit as there are two blank walls in the computer room. But I am really hoping that someone falls in love with one of them, or better yet, both.

Two paintings are part of my "teeny tiny" series. 5 x 5 and under 100.00.  They fit in little spaces that need a bit of art.  I love these!

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Ready, Set, PAINT

I have a solo show opening October 5th. I am thrilled, excited, scared. This is my first show since I have left my career as a full time teacher. Will I meet people's expectations? Will I WOW them?
Will they be moved/inspired/tempted by what I have painted? Will I sell?

Are all the paintings done? Nope.  Am I going to have them done and DRY before the show?
I sure hope so! 

This has been all so new to me, and I am grateful to Nancy Donskoj at The Storefront Gallery for taking a leap of faith and asking me to show there.  She picked a few large pieces based upon their under-paintings, and I have been working at getting these two large pieces done. I have about 6 or more tiny paintings to do yet too.

The show features both drawings and paintings.

The paintings depict vistas that have been branded into my soul:  olive trees on a hill,  a Barcelona skyline at night, the delicate colors of clouds at sunset.  Hayrolls. Fields. I  relive my experience with these places during the process of painting, and make them my own little dream worlds. My escapes.

A few of my abstract pieces will also be shown, which my drawing teacher/mentor, Meredith Rosier, has termed "Mindscapes". To her I also owe a big thank you as she has taught me more than I could ever imagine about art, abstraction, and myself, and has been cheering me on for the past two years.

The show "Scapes"opens October 5th and goes thru the 26th at the Store Front Gallery, with the reception from 5-7 on the 5th (gallery link above). I hope you can make it and enjoy the world that I

This piece is almost finished - of hayfields in Kerhonkson, NY.  Someone said that they did not look like real hay rolls, rather like buttons....but if you look carefully at some of the hay rolls in the fields (I should know, I've been stalking them recently), the centers sometimes do stick out a bit like hay belly-buttons. And these hayrolls had lots of belly buttons. And it gives them character. A hayroll with panache.

Come and raise a glass to toast to my new life, my new work, and my life as an artist!