Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A good start to 2010

In the whirlwind that December was, I neglected to mention a nice plug I received in Dovetales magazine’s Holiday issue so here it is:Over the holidays, I got to do something I haven’t done in many months… paint! Below is a painting I just started (of my nieces). About 6 months ago, I actually took the photograph I'm working from and something about this particular photo grabbed my attention and made me take a second and third look. That’s when I know an image is one I’d like to explore in a painterly manner. I thought the contrasting body language of the two figures was interesting and I love all the patterns on the couch and the dresses. Hopefully I’ll be able to continue painting with more consistency throughout the coming year. But in the meantime, I'm scheduled for a painting exhibit at the end of January so the fire is under my behind to make some new work. Another important item that I actually completed last month was setting up an office. I now have a desk (and yes, I'm aware that it’s just a table I use at craft shows) but that’s not the point. I’m just dizzy with excitement to say that I have a flat surface free of paint, glass, metal, junk or chemicals where I can sit and do paperwork. Of course, it’s not neat or organized or free of clutter but in good time that too will come… In assessing my space usage in other areas of the domicile, I decided to create an official painting studio. Now all of the paints, stretcher bars, canvas, completed work, and requisite accessories are all in one space. There's even room for another painter AND it’s only steps from the kitchen and a million other distractions (insert deep sigh)

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