In other news, I will have work in two upcoming shows and wanted to share the details. First, from October 3rd through November 30th, six paintings of mine will be at our great library here in town, the Stockton Springs Community Library, alongside paintings from six other local artists. Some of the paintings are very close to home, like this one, painted while looking out the living room window at the neighbor's house across the street:
The second show I'll have work in this fall will be at Landing Gallery in Rockland again, from mid-November through the holidays. Five or six gallery artists, including me, will be showing around ten paintings each, all still life. I'm excited about the opportunity to exhibit some of my other work besides the miles-wide landscapes that are my current preoccupation. I've written here before about how still life was my first painting love, when I learned to paint in college and for years after that, and I return to still life painting a few times a year, even now. It's all about the close looking, really, and love of form, attempts at description, and compositional choices. And of course color, and the paint itself - all of it! Most of the paintings I'm taking to Rockland are quite small - flowers in a vase, tomatoes on a plate - but this one is a bit larger:
The framed painting in the background isn't one of mine, by the way - it was painted a few decades ago by a dear friend. It was a great exercise, painting a smaller simplified version of her painting, and makes me want to go to museums to set up my easel and paint versions of some of my favorite paintings by other people. I've always read that there's no better way to learn from the masters, and I have done some quick sketches before, in pencil or pen. But, that will have to wait for the time being. I've got enough on my plate for the upcoming months, and besides, I'll be outside, learning from that other great master - nature.
In conclusion, some words of thanks. The interest in my paintings over the last year has been such a blessing, and helps lift me up and out the door, with blank canvases in hand. So, THANK YOU. It means the world to me to be able to continue to do what I most love to do.