Thank you Anya, for shaming me into shape.
I've been making progress! I'm excited about this latest piece:I'm particularly enthralled by the giant pitcher plants hanging in the trees. I found some books on carnivorous plants in the library, and they've been a delicious source of inspiration.
In art-business-related news, all of my paintings are currently hanging out in the world, instead of just sadly languishing in my studio, wrapped in their cardboard. Aside from my show at LynnArts, I also have a little mini show up at the Newton Highlands branch of Brookline Bank. The New Art Center in Newton has a little satellite gallery there. The work I put up is older stuff, but I was really happy with the way the little group came together. I'll have to bring my camera back and take some pictures. The paintings will be up in Newton Highlands for about three months, after which they will move to the Newtonville Branch to cross-publicize for my January–February show at the New Art Center proper. Whew, that's a bit complicated. In any case, all of my paintings are out there being looked at by people. And I have even more, exciting opportunities coming up. It also made me feel good and sort of special to be invited to hang my work, instead of having to apply. It makes me feel like I'm going about this crazy artist life the right way. Even if commercial gallery representation still eludes me. That reminds me, I keep hearing about what tough times these are for art galleries. Allston-Skirt closed down, and Pepper is closing too. Geez.
My books on tape are working wonders for my concentration. Now I just have to get to the studio a bit earlier in the morning and I'll be back in full swing.
Here are some of my favorite one-hour paintings:This one is dedicated to my mom and stepdad, who have been collecting enormous amounts of horse chestnuts from their town green to use in my wedding centerpieces.
And here's the little group of them. Tomorrow I'm going to start my day with another one of these tiny paintings.