Had a good day. Although I did not get a lot of art done, I did plan my move into my new art studio. At the moment I do my art in my inside workroom – but I have to be mindful of mess and cleaning up after myself etc. It’s a space I share with our business, my sister’s bed when she visits, my husband’s clothes…
Not any more!!! By the end of the week I will have my art studio in the outside office I used to use for our business. It no longer suited, for all kinds of reasons, but I hope it will make a great art studio. It is not attached to the house, so I can just close the door and leave the mess if I choose to. And it will be a dedicated space, which will be nice. I suspect my sister will enjoy sleeping in a proper bed when she visits too 🙂
I am starting to explore the local geography a bit more abstractly. Until now I had been working from photos of Italy from the air. I realised the other day that the land we have here – the green fields, the clear skies, the towering beachfront cliffs – is all unique and I should be celebrating it. So..
Here’s the start of a new series which alludes to, but does not replicate, the landscape I see around me each day. Lots of texture, layers, rubbing back and general mark making; all good fun.
10×10″ in acrylics on deep edge stretched canvas. For sale via Etsy.
This was painted simply as a celebration of the beautiful clear light we have here, and the wonderful colours I see at sunrise and sunset. Okay, so I don’t see sunrise too often!! But, just occasionally, I do – and it stuns me.
This photo has captured the texture of the piece but the colours are wrong, due to night photography – so I will redo the photo tomorrow.
This is a much truer photo – thanks to a lovely, clear West Coast day.
The boring part is all the paperwork and keeping up with entry deadlines etc. I have a lot coming up in the next few months and have to be sure I don’t miss any deadlines. I keep an Excel spreadsheet, and also a big handwritten copy on a large whiteboard have hung above my work area. That way I am constantly reminded of what is coming up. Today I spent hours updating and reviewing the information.
My exciting news for today is that I have been accepted to exhibit at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Auckland, in Nina’s Cafe. This is a big area, requiring at least 10 paintings. More details to come, but this is a wonderful opportunity.
And not with Mum this time. Our wee dog, Faith, was spayed yesterday and she is not a happy girl. So tonight I am cuddling a whimpering puppy, not playing with paint. Back tomorrow!!