Three little canvasses on the go - from the very beginning till well on their way. I find working small frustrating as I feel constrained and lack the ability to freely and spontaneously letting go - but it helps to work on several at the same time and I am less likely to work a single one to death. So why do I do this? Mainly for practical reasons because small paintings are easier to fit in anywhere, people like them and they can also be hung in groups to great effect - and also to challenge myself, of course! The vertical one is almost finished as of today while the other two are close to being done as well.
A few weeks ago when I was thinking about what to do with this years new paintings that really should be shown and not just sit in my studio waiting for an eventual show in a year or two, I sent off two submissions for a couple of juried shows. I don't really like juried shows and find that they are tricky: being accepted really has little to do with the quality of your work (up to a point) - so many other things play a role; such as the number of submissions, the personal taste of the jury and how they can put a show together with a variety of styles, and how much space there is to hang - it is a daunting task and incredibly difficult - not to mention how on earth they decide on the awards!!! I take my hat off to them!
Of the two shows I entered I thought that I had a fairly good chance with the one, and I just heard that two of the three I sent in were accepted! That was very nice and encouraging. The other one I really don't expect to get into - but unless you try you will never know for sure. So give me an "A" for effort! I won't know for a few weeks yet, but wish me luck - I'll need it.
While I wait for the result I shall hopefully manage to finish at least two of these small canvasses ---------- and then I MUST get some of my much neglected garden tidied up!!!