It’s been over a year since my last blog post…a year filled with art adventures, studio days and new work. I’m hoping to post some catch-up stories, but I have some news that can’t wait! I am very pleased to announce that I have joined Waterstone, an artist run gallery located in Portland’s Pearl District. The gallery has just moved to a larger space and I am looking forward to painting BIG.
Finished – 30″ x 40″ acrylic painting on museum board mounted on wood panel. Whenever I am starting a new series it’s always a struggle to get the first painting finished. I am often unsure of what direction I want to go in and there are many starts and stops. I am excited to keep working and see where this painting leads me.
I’ve got ten big panels prepped and one painting finished for my upcoming show in August. I’ll be showing paintings at the West Linn Public library and I have a big space to fill. I optimistically planned on finishing three paintings a month during the next 6 months. Ha! My process is SLOW…first there is the underpainting. Next, progress with pretty colors and shapes, then a destructive phase to mess-up all the pretty. And lastly, a fix-it stage (more about my process later). Oh, and besides my process, life gets in the way too. Realistically, I’m hoping for 9 finished pieces. Wish me luck.
For many years I participated in holiday sales with my artist girlfriends. I painted lots of little paintings of birds and flowers and enjoyed seeing my customers returning year after year to add to their collection. It’s been several years now since I’ve painted a bird or a flower and it was fun getting into the studio this last week to paint flowers for my mother-in-law’s Christmas gift.