This November I have been working on many small pieces on both canvas and paper for galleries to offer during the holidays. The Blue Door Artists will also be hosting a Holiday Market during the Second Saturday Artwalk in December. It would be safe to assume that December is one of my busiest and best-selling months of the year. I normally have many commissions that will be gifts, and ship out all over the USA during the month. People love to buy art for their homes as they are hosting guests and holiday parties, and who am I to complain? Needless to say, I work my ass off during November and December.
I had/have been working on many small 10×10’s on canvas, however they were not turning out very well. Or at least, not instantly – I was really having to work at it. What people don’t realize, that is takes just as much time (or more) and effort to paint a small painting as it does to paint a large one. So even though I have them all lined up on a few tables in order to work on many at the same time – I’m not really “cranking them out” so to speak (or as I would hope.) At one point I decided that their was too much painting in that tiny 10×10 space: They were too busy, and giving me anxiety – So I decided to edit. Then they were starting to look like ass and there were several frustrating moments where I thought about gessoing over the entire painting(s). I had about 30 in total but could only get 8 of those to a point of “LOVE” so I could ship to two galleries in time. It is nice to look back on these frustrating moments, where I can remember how I love a good challenge – when my process starts to become too “easy” and “predictable” and I soon become bored.
Then I was able to donate a little more time to these – turned them into some “abstract landscapes,” and now they are my favorites:
Which were inspired (that whole linear landscape feel) by a few new paper paintings I completed earlier in the month:
I am complete love with these larger paper pieces. They are painted on thick Arches Cold Press paper blocks, so I don’t really have to go through the hassle of misting the paper and flattening it for several days after completion (like I have done in the past and will never do again). I think I need to mix up my media more often and let the intuitive experience dictate new directions, and just have fun experimenting. I love how they were leading in a new direction – they still have movement, but not forced.
I also had many smaller pieces on paper (11×14.) I had started many of these in March when I was living in San Antonio, helping to care for my dying Mother. After I got home I only had about 1/4 of them completely finished and put up for sale. They others sat around for months, until recently. I was able to look at them with fresh eyes and finally complete them. I had fun rediscovering my watercolor crayons and drawing into them. All of the paper paintings all have names that have to do with my Mother, or relationship with my Mother, and a portion of proceeds will be donated to The American Cancer Society in Memory of Susan Matthews Connell. Here are a few that I love:
If you are interested in purchasing anything, check out my website and see where each painting is located (the first 40+ are NEW small paintings) – They are all really fun and pack a lot of painting in such a small space!