Over the coarse of Amanda's time in Alaska, I send her the weekly in the know family gossip and she sends me updates and pictures. This week she told me her plans to grow veggies this summer- she's so smart I never would have thought of that one. Here are last weeks adventures and one of Peter. Good thing he never reads this blog. I love her selfie she looks like an ad for Patagonia or REI , and the one of the two of them they could be on a Subaru commercial.
Working on watercolors all week for the Acadia Show this summer I needed a break, so off to my Lyrical -Abstracts. It is written and talked about everywhere. If you want to be taken seriously as a painter you can not paint in parallel in other styles. Well I need to. It helps me. It lets me breath. Here's is what I worked on today - during my break.
The Artemis Gallery next to Acadia ask me to be part of the Acadia Centennial Show, last fall. They are having this summer. When they ask it seemed like it was a million years away. I put it on the far back burner- not that I forgot about it. I thought I still had plenty of time. Well they emailed two weeks ago asking to see what I wanted to submit. Yikes! I have been working on them ever since. I had some of my birch tree paintings that they liked last year but I wanted some that spoke to Acadia. Here two of three that I hope may be going in the right direction.
UGallery ask for pictures of my studio last night. Showing anyone my studio -well its never been a favorite thing to do. It is done with apprehension and anxiety. My work space I have always seen as private. And I feel the need to go tidy it up some. Then I protest to myself and I don't. I don't understand the allure of seeing someones work space. I don't need to see a software persons cubicle to say'' aww there's were you write all that fancy code. " Unless they can show me this cloud that they have been building... And I don't need to see an accountant's office/cubicle to see eww aww... there is where all those numbers get crunched. They are work spaces. And my studio is my work space. I don't need to clean it after a day of work I just turn off the lights and leave. Tomorrows project is there waiting for me.. to pick up right were I left off paint on the floor, cats on the tables, paintings in all stages everywhere.
This is my protest blog. What I do is not rocket science it is fun and I love doing it I just really dislike sharing the space with anyone. With all that said here are the pix.
Isn't it funny how the best laid plans fall to the way-side. I started the Blue ish painting with a definite and defined scenario in mind. The colors the shapes...the expectations were set. I wanted a repeat of the piece Windy, in soft sunset hues. Then the Grand Canyon started to emerge. And that promise of a painting fell apart- and a new one began. I see what I need to do- right now to keep moving forward. Who knows where it will take me.
It's partner in crime the defined tree painting, again started with a different forecast- And here it is. And this one leaves me a bit more bewildered.
These mystery's I much prefer to what I intend. I look back at Windy, and that one veered off base and I love what it turned into. The mystery is the fun part- I do wish at times though that they came with an instruction manual.
Anybody remember the old Marty Stouffer's Wild America show, I am dating my myself. My brother and I grew up watching it. Well this is Amanda's Wild Alaska Adventure. Peter ( son) debated for so long over if Amanda would like a Go Pro OR xxx for Christmas. The Go Pro is a hit. And now she can record her experiences. I need to get my self to Alaska.
My sister-in law won the coveted The Washington Post Squirrel photo contest. Yay Pam !
Amanda is one month into her 6 month Alaskan adventure. Peter will be visiting her soon ( I hear). Here are two more pix of her commute. She can see the Aurora Borealis from her bedroom window, And watches it as she drifts off to sleep., its fading away now in spring.
A part of me wants to spend the days painting from her picture. And I spent a good part of a weekend researching National Park Artist in Residence programs. And I find...
My feet are getting more firmly planted in the lyrical-abstracts.
Some pieces call out to be bigger... this is one of them. The bottom painting is only 12 x 36, it has been beckoning to be be larger for awhile. And now is the time. The one above is 30 x 60 I wish it were larger, this is the largest canvas I have right now. Comparing them side by side like this - I can see I still have a lot of work to do on it. And it will get there. I'll keep you posted.