Hopefully you did not blow your entire gift budget at the malls, superstores, and soulless chains yesterday!
That sort of shopping can leave you feeling empty and confused, like eating cotton candy and calling it dinner.
Wherever you are, if you need a special gift this season, go to your local gallery or arts cooperative and buy an original piece of art. It is a great feeling!
This year I will have "small works" for sale in Concord, Massachusetts at the Concord Art Association as well as the Freedom Trails Gallery in Amherst, Massachusetts.
I also have a selection of paintings available at Surroundings Gallery in Gardner, Massachusetts.
Gardner Area League of Artists GALA Fall Art Show
November 16-18, 2012
Gardner Senior Center
294 Pleasant St., Gardner, MA
Friday 6-9:30 p.m.
Live Music & Refreshments
Awards, 7 p.m.
Saturday 11a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday Noon-4 p.m.
This is an open, community art show that celebrates the wide range of work being done in Gardner and the many small, surrounding towns of Central Massachusetts. This is the most unassuming, warm and welcoming groups of artists and art appreciators you will ever find. Admission is free.
I have been working on this painting, on and off, for two years.
On at least one other occasion, I thought it was completed.
I even framed it and submitted it to a show (rejected).
This time, I was too lazy to take it out of the frame, a black float frame, and just worked on it in that state.
So, with that history, I am reluctant to say it is finished.
Some time this week I will try to get a better photo, I was just chomping at the bit to get something new up on the blog.
Earlier this fall I went out painting in Uxbridge, MA with a group of friends.
This was the first of two paintings I did. At first it was quite tight, so back at the studio I reworked it.
I liked it better, but it still didn't sit right with me.
The other day I realized what it needed was cropping, and had it been a work on paper, that is exactly what I would have done.
Instead, I painted out sections with a deep brown. For the folks who like to see things literally, it might look like I am looking through a porch, but it is really, it is just my way of organizing space.
That is part of the really gratifying thing about painting to me; I get to say, "This is how I choose to present things" and I don't feel I need any further rationalization.