Yesterday was the first glimpse of the new birch painting, Today I got to have a little more fun with it. I want to take my birch painting to a more modern more contemporary place. There is the show at Artemis Gallery this summer celebrating 100 years of Acadia. The hope is that this one will be one of pieces that I'll have in the show. Wait and see....
Three years ago I lost my mom, I needed something to paint, were I didn't have to think. It's my little ritual to paint all day and listen to my playlist titled, "mom's " When she would go into chemo she would take her ipod and play the Lord of the Rings soundtracks. she loved them.
I listen to them, Drops of Jupiter, the September song by Greenday and an odd assortment of stuff, yes some Burl Ives, my mom would sing Big Rock Candy Mountain, some Doris Day that she would sing , Patsy Cline of course, and songs that make my heart break, some death Cab for Cuties. Cold Play and on and on. I listened that playlist for three months three years ago, and painted and painted. ..." You just keep living, until you are alive again."....
Writings on Stones (the top) is almost finished. The bottom picture still has a long way to go. The color palette has changed from the blues, it won't last long I always find my way back to ocean colors.
During the Holidays I took a few weeks off from painting. Peter was home for two weeks Husband was home, it was a nice time for a break . I'd been working straight out for months it seemed. I really needed the time off. Getting back is .. well not easy. In my first attempts I would make "pretty" pieces. Not that I don't like "pretty" pieces, but they are not challenging and not what I was after in these pieces. I needed to push myself past those. I want them to get to the place where my abstracts are my cold wax pieces. I hope this one is on its way.....
It took about an hour and a half to shovel that 3-4 inches of snow. All the while I was dreaming of going back to Italy.
Yes it is a bad picture. The nikon is almost out of battery and the light is bad. But I do like showing paintings in process. This one is another that I hope will be going into THE BIG SHOW that opens in two weeks at the Wild Salamander. It is 24 x 48.
Soon I hope to have some new watercolors to show. One of Cinque-Terre and one of a village in Cotswold. I need to paint more cold wax abstracts and I can not stop painting my Lyrical-Abstracts, at night I can hardly wait to sit and watercolor pictures of Cotswold and the Italian coast line.
So much to paint to little time.
A little more than a year ago I was one of a bunch of artist who where the original members of a now defunct coop. Needless to say it did not work out. I have no regrets. The best part of the experience was meeting a whole new world of artist. It was a grand experience on that level.
Two of these artist decided to open their own gallery, Rozsi Moser and Margaret Burdine and they took a bunch of us with them. Artist Corner and Gallery at 566 Mass ave in West Acton. www.artistscorner.gallery/artists.html
They have one New England's favorite's Richard Katzman and Nationally known Jane Davies and me. It is a lovely gallery warm and inviting, with all kinds of work, two of my favorite jewelers Louise Hara and Cynthia Franzek and beautiful pottery by Karen Scott and Lemon bee. And an outstanding pastel artist Alyssa Wise Taylor. And they carry two of my favorit emerging artist duo Ed and Judi Stein.
The first of 2016 30 x 40, I am very attached to this one. It will most likely be in THE BIG SHOW, a show of large paintings at the Wild Salamander in Hollis Opening reception will be Jan. 22 6-8pm
With Chris Volpe and Lynda Petropulos and me.