A little bit of this...

[singlepic id=368 w=460 h=320 float=] Things feel a little scattered now... I have the neverending cold and only made it to the studio sporadically this week. I did manage to complete my oil version of Springrise (above), which felt pretty good under the circumstances. It was one of those paintings that just falls off the fingers, then in what should have been the last few minutes I went too far with part of it and had to wipe it down and start over---twice. I was afraid I wouldn't finish at all today which was pretty annoying considering I expected to walk in, dab at it a few times and walk away victorious. I just kept thinking of John Singer Sargent as I wiped at it with my Gamsol-soaked rag... he is reputed to have wiped down parts of his amazing paintings multiple times to keep that "fresh" look to his brushstrokes. It's scary, but it works. I ended up somewhat happier in the end. Sargent, on the other hand, ended up with Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose. Onward.

And now for something completely different...

It's not really news per se, but I just got my acceptance email for Art in the High Desert. After last year's Benchmark Award, I knew I would be in the show, but I have to say it's still exciting to get that "Congratulations!" email. Especially if you are a Big Dork. But I'm not naming names.

More on the subject of Big Dorks...

I'm loving my studio right now. It is packed with fresh art, just like it usually is this time of year. I think it's more noticeable this time, perhaps, because unlike my previous studio, it started out big and empty. A 10' x 11' room can only look so empty with two shelving units, a desk, a table, a taboret, two easels, two air purifiers, photographic light stands, a roll of canvas, a chair, a few rugs and various and sundry leftover drawings. But 675 square feet can swallow up all that plus that much more again and still seem cavernous. Which is why I was hit with a little teeny tiny bit of dread recently... soon there will be festivals and shows to hang and all the paintings will be gone and it will be empty again. Which is always just a little bit sad.

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