I love the Pacific Northwest dearly, but around February or March, we have been under dense cloud cover, with crisp temperatures and many drippy days in a row. While it provides the cleanest air you can breathe, and unbelievably beautiful landscape, we get a bit vitamin-D deprived around this time. Thankfully a trip to sunny California was just the ticket. Disneyland, Universal Studios and beaches provided so much fun.
Whenever I go someplace new, I try to find an art gallery or several. It's a fun kind of treasure hunt. I had no idea what would be waiting there, but remembered that there was a plein aire competition with Laguna in the name. If you have been to Laguna Beach, then you know what is there, but I didn't. Imagine the happy surprise on discovering about 100 galleries along the coast there in Laguna! A favorite discovery was the Alice-Rice Gallery, a friendly member gallery with super-cool pieces, and friendly owners. Another favorite was the Marc Whitney Gallery. Oh wow, I just wanted to move in and live in that place. He does such beautiful work.
Winter happens to be a really busy time for me, and that busy time has continued through early spring the last couple of years. I'm so thankful to have deadlines to prepare for, and I'm learning how to work better, and produce better results while the deadlines are looming and my own expectations, hopes and dreams are adding pressure on the results of the work. I'm learning how to focus and buckle down, but also accept the gift of grace to make mistakes during the process.
Problems are hidden opportunities, and constraints can actually boost creativity.
With the next series coming up the deadlines are in very quick succession. I'm finding it easier to focus on a more specific task, get that one handled, and then I'll be free to work on the larger scope series, which has a theme of "Iconic." I'll be working around the theme within the subject matter of still life/interiors. Watch the artwork pages for updates once work is complete! What are your favorite paintings in a series from artists you admire, or work you have done yourself? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below. And I just listened to "Artists Helping Artists," on BlogTalk Radio about creating in a series. I highly recommend this show for inspiration and great art business ideas.