Market Activity and Looking Forward

The Burren 2010

The first market of the season can only mean one thing – that spring is right around the corner!  It has been a brutal, brutal winter here in Boston, and this past Saturday’s market at the Burren was a welcome event.

After the market, I couldn’t wait to get home and compare photos from last year to the current ones.  As you can see from the first photo, a lot has happened in a very short period of time.  Last year I was painting eyeballs and skulls, and now I think I have my brushes pointing me into the right direction.

What I am most happy for is that progress has been steady.  There is no magical formula behind it, it all boils down to steady consistent work – painting each and every day, making goals, and keeping a positive attitude even in one of the worst economies of our history.

Already, my mind is racing towards a year from now.  I can’t wait to see what things look like then!

This week in the studio,  I finished up most of the work on the third canvas in the Illumination series.  I still need to do a little bit of touch up and varnishing on it, but for the most part, it’s done.  I plan on doing two more in the series and then moving on.

I also did the above 8″ x 8″ canvas.  It’s the first time I’ve used a red oxide in the mandalas, and I was very pleased with the end results.

There are lots of exciting things coming up in the very near future:

At the end of this month, I will be moving down the hall to a new studio.  It will be a slightly smaller space, but I won’t be sharing it with anyone (except Miss G).  I will have four walls to display my work instead of the one that I have now.  Transition and change always help to shake things up, so I am really looking forward to the move.

There will be another market at the Burren on March 12th.  I hope to have my display refined a little more and have more smaller canvases to offer.

Somerville Open Studios is April 30 and May 1.  If you thought the open studios event that took place in November was big, then you haven’t seen anything yet.  It’s going to take every bit of time from here until now to prepare for it, and the fact that I have my new studio means that I can spread out and make it very much like a gallery setting.  I am looking forward to it!

Lastly, I continue to write posts for the Zatista Wall Spin blog every week.  Only one of my posts has gone up so far, and I will let you know as each new one gets published.

So, as you can see, there are a lot of irons in the fire right now.  My goal was to start the year off strong, and looking forward to the end of April, I think things are going well.

Until next Thursday, I wish each and every one of you a great weekend.  Thank you for taking the time to stop by here and be a part of my journey.  Take care, all!

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