Somewhere in the 30 paintings in 30 days, I fell off the challenge. I think I've done about 20. Some I can't share because they are gifts, some because I've been too occupied with other projects to get posted. I almost said I was too lazy to post them but that is not true.
I am working very hard on three tracks.
I am cleaning and reorganizing by studio more than I have ever done before. The goal is to have a space where I can welcome visits and share my work. Let me know if you want to come over for tea.
I am creating a line of prints and interactive art cards.
I am learning to be comfortable with failing.
You see this isn't a post to make an excuse for not finishing the 30 paintings project. I realize no one really cares but I've often created sprints for myself to avoid the marathon. In my year of "solo" I need to learn to answer for myself to myself; to sit with the choices I've made based only on what I know.
I don't need to defend it, explain it, or justify it.
It is way harder than I imagined.
Toy bin to supply bin in a few easy steps. More organizing to go, mental and otherwise.
I owed a long-time collector a painting. She has been following my work and been so supportive for years.
She's often offered a kind word, steeped in pragmatism and sprinkled in faith, just when I needed it. There is a comfort in her balanced world view, a celebration of the mystical that brings people together yet never dismissive of work ethic, tradition and the dark side of nature (human and otherwise.)
Appreciate the waves, water, wind and fire. Wonder at the beauty and mastery of it all but never forget you are the navigator of your path. Too often I mistake wishes for work and comprehension for insight. Finding the balance and elevating the worthy feels like the most human exercise of all.
"Elemental" 12" x 12" Oil Acrylic Graphite on Canvas
primary or basic.
"elemental features from which all other structures are compounded"
but so hard to paint something that looks like something different.
I'm working on my commissions and enjoying it but also feel stalled in my parallel track of exploration. It almost feels as if I've been ill, nursing a cold, taking care to calm the fuck down before I get into anything again.
It doesn't help that Bowie died and delivered his final chapter with such fierce conviction and focus. I'm at once desperately sad and humbled by his artistry.
I'm not complaining, just sharing.
I really need to clean my studio.
"Bunny Is Sure" Acrylic Oil Graphite on Canvas 4" x 4" Sold
This is from the summer. I'll finish my 30 paintings in 30 days but with a strange break. I'm working though not ready to share.
I'm shipping my first stuffy commission today and with the client's permission, sharing it here. Meet Frog, a very special lovey who has comforted a 5 year old boy through big health challenges.
The images sent showed a well loved, and very specific, blanket hybrid. The biggest challenge; How to incorporate the little satin corners that I suspect are a key element to the joy that is Frog. I don't know the family but with a few details, I pictured how warm and sunny Frog must feel, an ever optimistic friend that patiently provides a glow, even if it needs to be an inside day.
I hope he likes it because one thing I know about 5 year olds, they are pretty honest when they don't.