Boxes and more boxes

I only have a few minutes….3 grandkids, granddog, and 11 boxes of paintings coming to my doorway some time today. My NC gallery is closing their brick and mortar storefront until such time as they find another suitable space……so home all the work has to come. Hopefully, they will find another as the owner has been a joy to work with and she sells my work, too.

Ooops…..the boxes have arrived……not a pretty addition to the decor I’m afraid. I’ll unpack and check off the list as the day goes by. One was not in good shape but the small works were okay.

I’ve put that darn 48 x 48 Brown/Black away to stop looking at it. Sometimes you get bogged down with one work that just doesn’t work and it keeps you from doing anything else. So off to the closet it goes……hum, well maybe as with all that work coming home every nook and cranny of closets, walls and hallways may be filled.
I’ve started looking for another gallery as I only have two now and I figure 3-4 is about what I need. If possible, maybe closer to home to keep from shipping but not if something good comes along. I had one Dallas gallery ask me to send a CD of my work and since I was doing that I also made up another for another gallery there I’ve always enjoyed visiting and think my work would fit. Now for the wait around that goes with gallery submissions.

I’m excited to have my work in a mixed media museum show opening on July 15 here at my local art museum LMFA. As all artists know, it’s hard as heck to be recognized in your own home town by museums. This is a really great little museum that has a small permanent collection, an educational collection and also changes rotating exhibits about every six weeks. Best of all for people who appreciate art, it’s free to the public. If anyone is around Longview, TX on July 15…7pm come on by the museum (105 E. Tyler St.)and say hello and view the 44th Invitational Exhibit.

I’m happy to say that things must be going well on the rebuilding front in some areas of southern Louisiana…….as I just sold two painting there to a hospital. Much is yet to be done and will be for a long time in all those areas Katrina and Rita hit but renovation and rebuilding is coming along or they wouldn’t be buying art.

Brown/Black paintings progress or not

Time has flown by since my last entry. I added a touch more to the last paintings (2 small ones) I was working on ….and painted and re-painted and I still don’t know what to do with the big one……….. The Brown/Black title is all I have for the moment and doesn’t totally fit the big one now as it has so much amber/gold coloration in it at the moment. This one may never see the light of day in a gallery or outside this blog. BUT, who knows, I may change my mind next month.

Brown/Black 1

Brown/Black 2

Link to BrownBlackBig

Wow….something is up with the image loading again……all I can see is the html except in preview mode. I’m leaving the big 48 x 48″ one on my website since I’m not so sure it’s finished and to conserve space here.

I’m also going to try to put a few links in the side bar and see what happens with that….crossing fingers..XXX

Continuing the Process

Well……I went and said stay tuned and didn’t come back. I promise, I was working on these paintings off and on….and still have more work to come, especially on the large 48 x 48″ one. It only has the canvas toned, various color combinations I’m trying with the brown, black, mustard yellow, and white combinations. I will have to keep adding layers and layers until I decide I like it.

I note this photo is a mite blurry, too.

Brown/Black #1 is not too bad now that I look at it more. …#2 could use some “zing” somewhere. And since i told myself this is supposed to be white, I need to go back and un-subdue some of the places I toned it down. White just looks so white even though it was mixed with other color. Gotta watch the chalkiness (is that a word?).

Brown/Black #1

Brown/Black #2

Guess y’all will have to stay tuned for the finished pieces.

Studio time vs. grand kids

Well………..that was some hiatus from blogging and painting. And it may continue intermittently throughout the summer. I have two grand kids who come to visit during the daytime M-F for the summer. It will take a little bit more dedication on my part to get in the studio. What I really need is a BIG push, like a gallery saying they have to have work soon or a commission that will bring in some bucks.

I did have an idea, as they do keep popping up now and then…..although so many go unrealized.

Last month one of my friends who hasn’t been doing any work on canvas in some time brought me some canvas she finally decided she was never going to use….two of the small ones are the nice, two inch deep canvases and one large one that would have to be framed. SO.. I decided the next play around time would use these gifts and I’ve determined I really need to do some work with a heavy emphasis on value. I can never get away from using some strong color, however, as it is a great love of mine. The plan was to underpaint/tone the canvases with a color like mustard yellow……….then paint with black, brown and white non-objective paintings on top of the yellow.

I’ll have to see what happens as I just mixed up the paints and already toned the canvases last week while the kids were here.

Stay tuned!