Here’s a time line of one of my paintings.
People often like to ask how long did it take to paint “that.” I have no idea what they are asking, or mainly just why. Does it look like it took me five minutes, or does it look like months of laboring over the piece?
Some paintings only took a very short amount of time and I love them; they are loose paintings that look pure. Others, meanwhile, actually take months — not all my attention for months — but I work a bit put it aside come back in a few weeks , and these usually end up being what I call tight paintings. They say a lot, many things are in them but hopefully they still look fresh and complicated all at the same time and I love the qualities in those works also.
I thought it would be amusing to see one painting I started on way back in September and I just finished days ago, through its progression. Tell me if you like it. My web site is . I have a blog on my site as well if you’d like to visit it once in awhile. I don’t talk about painting that much, but I like to share paintings I’m working on once and again.
Two days after the reception, my husband and I returned to the Arts Club, joined with my son, Tommy. (It was such a blessing to share my experience with him.) When speaking with a woman monitoring the gallery, I learned that there was quite an interest in my painting, “Consider the Peony”. She explained that large groups of people meet at the Club….and that the people are often quite knowledgeable about art. She even knew the number of my painting (each painting is assigned a number)…and said that people were amazed that it was an acrylic, and not an oil painting. She said they had hopes it would sell!
We picked up my painting last weekend…obviously it did not sell. Nonetheless, the show was a wonderful experience for me!
Held on October 11, 2013 in the Grand Gallery at the Natl. Arts Club, the CLWAC reception was well-attended, with lines of people at times waiting to enter. Lining the walls were over 200 beautiful paintings, with sculptures on the lower level. There was a long table with hors d’oeuvres and wine where most guests initially seemed to congregate. While patrons stood and observed artwork, I did not hear anyone giving a critique. Midway in the evening, the President of the club, Gail Snow Gibbs spoke as well as a director from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The CLWAC provides a grant for museum staff members to travel in the US, attempting to acquire further work by artists such as Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson School. As my husband and I went thru the gallery, he suddenly recognized a man in a painting standing among the audience. The man turned out to be artist/juror, Jill Bank’s husband (her painting won an award). We met them and had a good laugh and chat. Jill shared the importance of a good image when entering a competition. It was a pleasant and exciting evening.
On Monday, I dropped “Consider the Peony” off at the National Arts Club in NYC – in between Central Park and Wall street. I didn’t realize that it is in an historic building with beautiful paintings and sculpture…it reminded me of a museum. Please see my photos. I went upstairs to the Grand Gallery to deposit my work. The floor was lined with beautiful work for the show. Tomorrow, they will announce awards to the artists.
Many times (more often than we wish) odd surprises occur during a firing.
Sometimes a test glaze comes out really great, sometimes a test glaze that expect to be great turns out horrid.
Sometimes a test glaze comes out great, but the record keeping has much to be desired, so one really doesnt know how to recreate that wicked cool glaze.
Sometimes bad things happen, but in the name of jinx, I wont say a word.
Sometimes equipment gets old and you know it needs replacing but its going to cost money or you havent just sat down and ordered what you need – in time.
Recently I would walk by my box of kiln stilts (little three legged supports for pots that have glaze on the bottom), and I would say, hmmmmm, they are looking pretty lousy, I really should order more… Stilts tend to weaken over time, due to the heat of the kiln and weight of the pots.
We now have a birdfeeder duplex! Stuck together until the end of time, OR a hammer gets close enough.
Its okay, stuff like this happens, and I am greatful for how infrequent.
I ordered more stilts yesterday!