It's been a really busy few months, filled with lots of projects, inspiring travel, and responsibilities. Back at my easel after a hiatus, I am so looking forward to the beginning of a new series. I sketched out this two-foot-square painting months ago, and I've been working on it whenever I get a chance - still, quite a ways to go.
The pink moon represents optimism for the future, rebirth, and a deep internal focus on every level. This year, for me, it symbolizes goals and dreams coming to fruition.
One of my goals was to get my work out out of the studio and into the world. A few of those spring exhibits have come down, but some are still open and there are more on the way. Secrets of the Tides is at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis in the themed exhibit "In Tandem", up through July 30. Tempest is in the American Women Artists exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens Museum in South Carolina through July 23.
The Danforth Art Museum's Annual Juried Exhibition opened on July 24th. This is a competitive survey of New England artists. My 6-foot-wide oil painting The Willing Suspension of Disbelief is on display through September 17 at the museum in Framingham, MA.
Want to know more about this painting? The museum created an audio file where I speak about my ideas and process. Download the Danforth Art Museum app on your iPhone or iPad, then go to the juried exhibition. The artists are listed alphabetically; click on my name and you’ll hear me talk about the work. Plus, there’s a slide show of how the painting was created.
UPCOMING SHOWS AND NEWS
Opening July 10 on Artsy.com is "Wonder Woman", portraits of wondrous females curated by Didi Menendez and Sergio Gomez of 33 Contemporary Gallery. They selected The Raven's Gift for this exhibit. That painting was also the cover art for last October's issue of The Artful Mind - which you can still read online. Online "live" July 3 - 31 on www.thenawa.org is the Summer Small Works Show of the National Association of Women Artists. Perfect Light is the title of this 11" x 14" oil painting.
I've been working on easel-sized paintings for quite a while now, and I think it's time to return to a larger scale. The next painting in my pink moon series is likely to be six feet tall. I've created a rough digital sketch to work from, and you can see where I'm headed. Of course, it will change as I work, as all art does. This one also includes swans. And I've brought back my surreal shape-shifting striped tents.
There's something magical about a large painting or photograph. It makes me want to step right into the scene, be part of the story.
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Enjoy the start of summertime!
(And although I couldn't make the opening, I was able to stop by to see the exhibit at the Cotuit Center for the Arts on Cape Cod. Loved Fledgling's placement!)