Here we go! Final preparations for my Art At the Source - Open Studio are under way. It always fathoms me how much work and how many details are necessary to create a space to view art (for only two weekends). On other hand, it's very gratifying to manifest one's own vision for their work and display it just so, within the confines and limitations of one's limitation. A studio/gallery in one's work space. In my case, a garage, a very noble place where many creatives work. Did you know that "Apple" started out of a garage? It's true, but I have no aspirations for becoming quite that grand of an entity. My aspirations lie in developing my work to it's up most.
The painting above is a part of my One Square Mile series. On an early cold, winter morning that was pure pastel in hue, I stepped out my door, looked up and with my camera captured the image that was the spring board for this work.
I just hung this and another of my larger paintings at Willow Wood Market in Graton, where Mylette Welch graciously invited me to share in her current exhibit.
A couple of summers ago, my husband and I enjoyed a stay in Camogli, a small seaside town in Italy south of Genoa. That is one of my favorite places that I have ever experienced. The high terraced cliffs proffered a vertical landscape with amazing views of far away places and close up, personal gardens on miles and miles of walkways chiseled into the slope.
One day we took the train to Vernazza and then hiked to Corniglia in the renowned Cinque Terra area. The heights were dizzying, but I managed to get a shot of the beautiful lay of the land and sea below me. I love the aerial view and how the composition is split between the land and the water.
In the process of preparing for my Open Studio that will be held on the first two weekends in June I find myself dealing with SO many mistakes! The art itself is going well, and I am grateful for that.
It seems that I have been trying really hard to be frugal, and that often doesn't work for me. I ordered new stationery and business cards from an inexpensive printer. Let's say . . . cheap, a cheap printer. A muddy disaster! I have now reordered the business cards from my trusty moderately priced printer, and will reorder the stationery later, as it can wait.
Today I was working on some frames, applying size for some silver leaf application, and because it was a little sticky, as I was setting the container of size (a kind of glue) down, it stuck to my hand, and the brand new full container just tumbled over and spilled onto the table, and then rolled off onto the floor. Uggh!
It's really not so bad. I feel quite good about how the art looks for my show. I really am happy with how the frames are coming together as I am finishing them myself. They look fabulous, as a matter of fact, an extension of the art, enhancing the art piece, not distracting from it. Making mistakes is just a part of life, and the word itself reminds me of a great quote from Wynton Marsalis - "If you're not making mistakes, you're not trying".
The painting is from a photograph that I took in Switzerland. It was July, and the fields were ripe with barley, corn and sunflowers. Wunderschon.
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