And, truth be told, I have hardly been painting at all. Since returning from the residency at Schoodic I've been caught up in family matters, and am also preparing for my upcoming solo show, Postcards from Home, at Landing Gallery later this spring. All the paintings are finished. Most of the frames I need for them are on order, and I'm ready to attach the paintings to them, as soon as they arrive. Great winter work. I've also spent quite a bit of time selecting paintings for the booklet/catalogue. I'm really excited to be doing a booklet, and just made the final choices and had them professionally photographed. I have a mock-up (right now it's hovering around 24 pages). I'll order it from the printer soon. My first show catalogue! It feels like a such big deal, in my little world! I say that, since the paintings in it are all small, but I hope they represent the best of what's going to be in this show. One of my favorite things to (attempt to) paint, in the last few years, is a huge expanse of space, in a tiny painting. The postcard format, the rectangle, keeps calling me. 5 x 7" and 9 x 12" wooden panels are my favorite sizes. I will also have some large paintings in the show - the postcard format scaled up - but not many. More news and images later in the spring!
Speaking of spring - I know it's not even February yet, but I already have spring fever. I think that painting so intensively outside, so late into the fall, and then coming indoors so abruptly... well, it felt like a waterfall that dried up overnight. And so, I CANNOT WAIT to get back out there, back to work, and preferably back to Schoodic, as soon as possible. Not to pick up where I left off, in November, but to continue exploring there. The day before I packed up and came home, all I could see were the paintings I hadn't had time to make yet. Rocks and trees were whispering, "What about us?" and I promised I'd come back as soon as I could. I've been there once since then, on my birthday in December, a week before Christmas. It was freezing and gorgeous and as compelling as ever. I didn't get any painting done that day, but I did one quick sketch in pen, and took a good long look at everything.
Here's to an early spring! And one painting from the residency. It's not going to be in my upcoming show - I will be studying this one for a while, to see where it leads me: "8 a.m., Schoodic, Maine" - oil/canvas, 18 x 24".