I feel like those busy bees outside, or maybe the hummingbirds. Zooming from place to place, but it's a good thing too. Great opportunities are opening up, and we'll just see what happens. I've been working on lots of studio floral still life paintings. Studying a lot of Bonnard's work and some contemporary artists such as Alice Mumford and Winifred Nicholson. A sunny week is predicted for us here in Seattle this week, but we have learned not to count on it. I'm ready with my plein aire kit if we get a good stretch of bright days, but quite content with plenty of inspiration indoors as well.
Currently my work is showing at Fairweather Gallery in Seaside, OR, and a few pieces are in the "Little Gems" show at Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes, WA. Upcoming shows include an invitational group show where I have two paintings at Tsuga Fine Art in Bothell, WA called "Pacific Northwest Summer," July 1-August 18. I also have an upcoming outdoor booth at Chateau St. Michelle Winery on Tuesday July 4 (weather permitting). Come on by and say hi if you are in the area!
It's back to work, quick like a bunny. I keep thinking, "I ought to just paint a bunch of good ones, and then have them ready for when these calls for entry come up or invitations are offered, and then I'd have these new pieces that I like, that would be dried and ready to submit, no pressure." That would be so great. Yes, I should definitely do that. Except, how does anyone do that? It never happens! At least not for me...yet.
Maybe it's just part of the wiring up there in the artist brain. You just want to see the next painting happen, and that's what keeps you working. You don't want to send out last month's idea, you want the shiny new stuff.
So here comes a new opportunity and I'm down to the wire again! I think I'll get this last one done, and then the next four paintings in the next week. But these are great opportunities, so they need to be my best work. Does anyone else relate? I'd love to know. So there's pressure, but I'm so happy to have this type of pressure. Really thankful for the opportunities. I'm going to try to just do the next thing, as best as possible, and also remember to enjoy the work. Ok now, back to it.
Here's a little sampling of this weekend's sketching. We had perfect weather, even though rain and clouds were predicted. You just never know about the weather around here!
Only 8 pages left to go and I will have filled a sketchbook for the first time! It is really fun to see the progress in skill level and also to relive those memories made. What a great treasure to have as the years go by. It makes me want to do this every day.
While we had a great trip to Seaside, OR for a show at Fairweather Home & Gallery, it's now time to get back to work at home. Some exciting news about upcoming shows and events is coming soon! Thank you for visiting.