Five down - one to go!
Five of my little ones (not tiny though: 16" x 16" + 12" x 24") are finally finished to my satisfaction. It doesn't look as if it would be as much work as it actually was - partly because two of them had to be totally re-worked as I wasn't completely happy with them! The one that was initially vertical is now horizontal and completely unrecognizable. I usually find that small paintings require almost as much work as larger works - but of course the rule is, that it is unpredictable! I have one more 16" square half done - also on the second go - I guess that the problem is that when you start out on a series, the first few pieces are a little tentative as you are trying to find your way. But then as you go along and get into the swing of it, you become much more aware of where you are going and really hit your stride with the later ones ------------- and all of a sudden the first ones seem kind of lacking and not measuring up, so out they come again for a few small changes that quickly mushroom and grow on you. Anyway, that seems to be the way it is for me - I wonder if other artist find the same thing?
So what now - apart from finishing the last one? Well, first of all catching up on some of the more business related things like: photographing and recording my latest group of work, writing this blog, updating my website generally - and not to forget to keep up my FaceBook pages, both private and business pages - amazing how much time one can spend on those things when one also has to keep up with what others are doing!! And I'm also getting to the point of seriously thinking of sending out a few submissions so that I can start to show my new work - now when I feel that I have enough to put on a decent show. I'll keep you posted.
These two little new ones have now seen the light - finally! My hoped for uninterrupted time in the studio unfortunately became quite interrupted, by unforeseen events - and that seems to be the order of things most of the time. You can cross off things on your "to - do" list as much as you like, but somehow it does not get any shorter: it seems that all you achieve is to make room for other jobs to crop up! Maybe it is the "Me Too" syndrome??? It is truly amazing how much time can be taken up by just keeping the garden from drying out completely (I have given up on the lawn and it is now totally dry with only a few hardy weeds still alive), catching up on a few jobs, general basic housekeeping as well as looking after the dogs and taking them for their daily walks ----------- and also trying to relax a little and enjoy the fantastic weather we are having!
My two paintings in the international juried show "Oil and Water" here in Tsawwassen look really good among the seventy or so other paintings included in the exhibition and it has been hung extremely well, which is quite an achievement considering the variety of styles and sizes - not an easy job to knit a cohesive show together under these conditions! There is a lot of really good work which is very nice to see and the Opening Reception was well attended - and my painting "Estuary #3" received an award: the Critic's Choice Award, which was extremely nice and encouraging. But again - how on earth they decide on who gets the awards beats me - with so much good work how can they choose??? Anyway, I'm not complaining! Below are the two pieces on the wall:
The show is on till Saturday, August 23, 2014.