Thursday, September 24, 2009

Getting edgy with it



Painting edges drying in the studio.

I have not had time to paint today, unless you call
painting edges painting -- and of course it is, but it
doesn't involve a lot of artistic thought. I do wish
I had R. Garriott here, for the technical wizardry and
perfection so often found on that site. Plus I wish
I were like my friend in California, where painting the
edges is frowned on, because it hides the actual process
of what went on while the artist was creating.



Paintings waiting to go to the next stage
in the kitchen. Steven is putting those
metal hanging devices that look
like crocodile teeth on each painting.
(Don't worry we'll get new flowers tomorrow!)

At any rate, what with teaching and a few other
commitments, I am running a bit behind. And my
helper in this Painting Santa's workshop is having
all night work meetings (not at all an unusual
occurrence) .....so countdown to opening tomorrow
night. I went to Gill Cameron's opening tonight in the
U.of T. faculty club. What a gorgeous venue. The building
is a delight, and her work was beautifully displayed on
individual easels. Once again she has created a show of
such beauty that it's staggering. Her understanding of
landscape, shape, trees, clouds, rock formations and water
is beyond description, and her work is filled with light,
and the passion she feels for Canada's wilderness.
That show is on for the next two weeks, so check it out.

So the images tonight are of the paintings drying in the studio
and lining up to get their hangers on. Hey Santa! Time to
come and help us here. Aside from the slight feeling of
panic I feel that these paintings may never make it to an
actual wall, I do feel a profound feeling of joy and happiness
seeing all the work I've done in the past while. So much
fun. Thanks for keeping me going.

Have an it-all-comes-together-perfectly day.

6 comments:

Elizabeth Seaver said...

There is incredible satisfaction in seeing a show that has been worked on one piece at a time turn into a cohesive body of work. I'm glad you are pleased, and I wish you every success in your show.

I enjoy reading your blog for its enthusiastic, positive spirit. Thanks for the gift of that to the rest of us.

Have you done the Santa dance?

Belinda Del Pesco said...

I so wish I could attend your show. Everything looks great.
And I love how your art takes over the kitchen as part of the pre-show prep... we do that in my house too, and everyone is very sweet about it.

Kim said...

Good luck on your show!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Elizabeth,

You're so right. When you're doing a show you usually don't paint for a few days, and you get this strange feeling -- like who actually did that stuff, then when you put them up and they group by subject matter, it's astounding.

Thanks for your lovely work. It inspires me. Santa dance? The Santa in this house worked like an
elf on caffeine for me today.

Take care,

Barbara

Barbara M. said...

Hi Belinda,

when you think of it, it's amazing how kind families are to artists, isn't it? We take over, and they allow it. Even help.

I wish you could be here too, and that I could go to your shows. I love your work.

Take care,

Barbara

Barbara M. said...

Hi Kim,

The opening tonight was pretty great, even though I was hopelessly disorganized. We all had fun, and I sold quite a bit of work.

Take care,

Barbara

Portrait Artist

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