It doesn't really feel like spring yet, but the calendar says that spring officially arrives in two days - and I can't wait!
Everyone is sick and tired of the cold, wet and gloomy days - not to mention the mud I have to navigate, when I take my dog for her walk in one of the parks where she can run around off-leash; she doesn't seem to mind, but I find it a bit hard to motivate myself to get out the door. Though once out it is usually not too bad - and by now there are lots of signs of spring all over: crocuses in bloom and even some early bushes with green leaves starting to open up!
So things are looking up and I finally managed to finish the painting that has been driving me crazy for something like two months - and here it is:
I'm not sure what I think of it yet - all I see when I look at it is "faults" and things that could be better, but I know that now is the time to leave it be - or I could fiddle with it for ages without making it better, just different, and possibly worse.
My initial plan of taking a break from painting didn't last long though, and today I started putting a few lines etc. on the canvas above (on top); I prepared it quite some time ago with a coat of lightly tinted and textured Titanium White. And just like getting out the door for a walk in nasty weather is the hardest part, so is putting the first marks on a new canvas the hardest! From then on one thing tends to lead to the next and when things are right, it can just flow almost by itself for a while - this is the shear joy of painting - until it reaches the last stage, where one has to pull everything together. I have no idea what this new one will end up looking like and will just play around with it, explore different options and see where it takes me - I'm not going to struggle with this one, just let things happen and if they don't work out, get rid of them! The sense of adventure and challenge as well as the "let's see what happens if I do this" is what I love.
About six weeks ago one of the curators at the Richmond Art Gallery invited me to make a submission to their satellite gallery at City Hall and this was accepted. This was very encouraging especially because their standard is high, and now I have a show coming up there; but not until early 2018 - they always plan quite far ahead, but the way time seems to hurtle along we will be there before I know it.
Another thing that makes me feel a bit better is that I have been able to clear out quite a few things from my "to do list" last, but not least, the dreaded income tax preparation, which I absolutely hate!
But also a few other things and guess what? Sunny and milder weather is forecast for the next two days, maybe three!!! So maybe winter is truly over?