I've got a new painting and other exciting art news to share today but first, a quick bit of real talk. Over the past few months I went through a phase in my artistic process where I tried having multiple paintings going at once. I know a lot of artists work this way, choosing whatever piece they are most drawn to whenever they sit down to work. I thought this would be great for me, but it turns out that I ended up just moving on to a new painting whenever I felt frustrated or stuck. Flash back to a year ago when I started my one painting a week challenge, I am reminded how amazing it felt to become enveloped and focus all of my energy into one piece. Completing a piece and knowing I get to start the process all over again creating whatever I want is one of the most rewarding feelings I get as an artist. I recently realized I want (and need) that back. Therefore, my working process is shifting once again, and I'm excited about it. Hopefully it means you can be excited too because I will probably be actually finishing paintings more often. I also plan to play around with painting smaller, using some new materials, and exploring my artistic practice further; all potentially exciting outcomes.
Whew. I hope I didn't lose everyone through that essay I just wrote but I'm a girl that needs to ramble every now an then and I really love talking out my plans. (My friends are probably nodding in agreement right now) Anyways, If you're still here and reading, I've got a new painting to show you!! If you've been keeping up with me then you probably saw some progress photos a while back, but as mentioned above, I let myself get a little sidetracked for a bit. Not to worry though, this baby is finished and I actually have an extra little guy I finished as well that I figured I'd show you.
To refresh your memory I'll show some of the stages.
And below is the final product! This guy is 16'' x 20'', acrylic on plywood. And the exciting art news I mentioned earlier is that this painting as well as 10-15 others of mine will be hung one week from today in a cute little coffee shop here in the city. If you happen to be local, it is Cafe La Vie on Octavia & Hayes. If you can't see it in person, don't worry, I'll post a few pics here on the old blog once everything is hung on the wall. It's a casual little venue, but I'll be showing solo so it feels like a pretty nice step in the right direction.
Below you can see a detail image of the heart, as well as the other little guy I said I finished. The little one is 6'' x 12'' acrylic on wood. Sooo I guess the last thing I'll say is that I'm obviously really into polka dots these days. I don't know, just go with it.