I have exciting news! I will have my first solo show at the Ulysses Philomathic Library in Trumansburg. This all came about very suddenly. First it takes me months to get enough courage together to ask, and then they have an opening right away. So this week I have been scrambling to get everything ready. The exhibit will be February 1 through the end of March, and I will have an Artist Reception on Saturday February 10, 4-6PM.
On the first day of January we had clear skies while there was a super moon. Even though it was also super cold I stood outside for a while looking at the moon shadows and the contrast of the snow on the dark branches. The light at the neighbor's house added a touch of warm yellow. I just had to paint this feeling of cold beauty. So I painted this over the few days, in the daytime, while cozy in my studio.
It will be going to a new home soon!
In other news: I've slowly been adding small works to my Daily Paintworks Gallery. I'm excited about this site, and a couple of paintings have gone to new homes!
This was today's view from my studio. The dry purple coneflowers look like cotton puff balls.
Under the motto "draw what you see" I did a little sketch of a few of them. It was fun to use the black walnut ink again. I think it is a little hard to see that it is snow on top.
As I was drawing, I suddenly saw some movement on top of the snow. A deer was peeking over the top of the snow mount! Surprise! Too bad I did not have my camera handy, it was so funny to see.
By the time I got upstairs the dogs saw the deer too and scared it away quickly.
Wishing you all a happy New Year! I hope this year will be happy and full of creativity for you.
A few years ago a wise woman told me she challenged herself to do some art every day for a year. Some days were hours of painting, other days she could only manage 10 minutes of drawing. Two years ago I challenged myself to do this too. At the time I worked two 12 hour shifts a week, and quickly found out that it was just to much to do anything after that. I did draw or paint the other five days of the week that year though (Ok, I did forget once because of a party). It became such a habit that the day felt incomplete if I had not worked on my art. I believe my drawings and paintings became so much better because of this. There were days I had no idea what to draw next, and decided just to draw what was in front of me. It did not have to be perfect. Just doing something, whatever it was, helped my drawing skills. I try to continue with this habit now as much as I can.