Spring is finally here!
It is always such a relief when we finally turn the corner into spring. Undoubtedly, we will still have a few cold, snowy days, but at least I can count on warmer sun, an increasing amount of daylight, and a renewed sense of positivity and motivation. This is most helpful as I continue to wait for deadlines to pass and to eventually hear back about my applications for group shows, a grant, and two international residencies.
As I wait, I am trying to stay as busy as possible. I helped support the La Napoule Art Foundation (LNAF) by providing 2 paintings to an auction at their annual fundraiser, one of which sold! I first heard about the organization when I had the pleasure of working with a number of individuals who work and volunteer for LNAF while teaching at Hallett Elementary last fall. The non profit organization was founded in 1951 in France by Marie Clews in honor of her husband, a sculptor. Her vision of supporting artists is carried on through the organization’s residencies and outreach programs here in Denver, as well as in France. For more information about LNAF, visit www.lnaf.org.
I have also kept busy in the studio. My most recently finished painting, pictured below, pushed me to grow in new ways, and I learned a great deal throughout the process. Working larger has definitely presented its fair share of challenges; it is forcing me to really consider my composition, and how it interacts with the entire picture plane and beyond. Though it’s difficult for me to break away from simply representing whatever is in front of me, I am being pushed to make more intentional decisions and to maintain an awareness of my intent throughout the process.
The painting that is currently on my easel is pushing this growth even further and is 30x40 inches. If you follow me on social media, you may have seen a few posts of in-progress and detail shots. I hope to finish this painting in the next few days, so keep an eye out for the final product to be posted soon!
Recently, I was gifted an insightful little book, and I’ve enjoyed starting my time in the studio by reading a few of the thought-provoking remarks. So I leave you with this nugget of wisdom by Enrique Martinez Celaya taken from his collection of thoughts, On Art and Mindfulness: Notes from the Anderson Ranch:
“Art is as much about what is not there as about what is there. The greatness of a work of art depends more in what it holds back than in what it shows.” - On Art and Mindfulness
I hope everyone is enjoying a little bit of warmer weather and sunshine this week!
‘Til next time,