Friday, May 03, 2013

Work, art and work

 Victoria Beach  Pastel 4" x 6"  
available on auction at Daily Paintworks

Has a week really passed by since I wrote?  I was full of good intentions, but life got away from me.

The studio move proved to be more time consuming than anticipated, but it should be finished by the end of this weekend and I am in there more or less and just starting to set up a new painting.  I am determined to put paint to canvas this weekend.  Provided I can find my palette...  That's the problem with moving, things change places, even if intentions are good.

Here are a couple of views of the new studio as it currently is laid out.  A table will go down the middle of the room and a few things shifted around. Its just far to neat and tidy right now! Not a sign of creative juices flowing anywhere.  That will all change soon.

The new space is about double the previous studio and in fact I get two studios eventually.  My old studio needs some plumbing work, so once that is done I can set that up too and have a production and a teaching studio.  Or that's my plan.  Like all renovations, its a huge investment of time, money and energy and one thing leads to another, which leads to another and so on.

Because I haven't had much painting or even sketching time this week, I was getting antsy so did this little drawing/painting in pastel of Victoria Beach, PEI.  The view across the cove with canola flowering bright yellow was irresistable.  Its available on auction this week through Daily Paintworks.  I am putting my small paintings on DPW and so far am having positive results with it.  Like every art sale site there are positive and negative aspects, but overall I'm getting more exposure and enjoy seeing the new art every day.

Speaking of art sales, there's a new Canadian site called Artbomb that's worth watching.  If you subscribe, you receive one email daily with the work of one to three Canadian artists available to bid on.  Bidding is from 6am - 11pm (Eastern time) for one day only.  If your bid is successful, the art is shipped direct to you within two weeks. Only Canadian artists are featured and its good to see the talent from artists across this country being showcased.

I have a couple of other projects in the pipeline and will say more about them in the next couple of weeks.  What with supplying galleries, selling paintings, marketing and admin, as well as my full time job, I really need cloning to get it all done! 


Christiane Kingsley said...

Your new studio will look wonderful, Jeanette! Thank you for the link to Artbomb.

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Jeanette,
The space looks great and about now, I'm getting envious of you!
We're still busy moving in with all that entails, so painting is the last thing on my current horizon. Maybe in another week or so, I hope.
For the time being, I'll be working in the small second bedroom, but any place will be okay. It's been too long and I'm eager to see if I can still remember how to paint.
So, thanks for sharing your inner sanctum with us and I have no doubt you'll be producing more great works very soon.

laura said...

Congratulations on your new, enlarged studio space.
I love the pastel--such beautiful colors and scumbling ...
I'm having a similar disorienting experience: a bathroom renovation that has somehow messed up every other room in the house too!

Jeanette said...

Thanks Christiane, its good to have more space, but the process of getting there is time consuming.

Hi Gary, it takes time to get sorted after a big move like you've had. I've enjoyed seeing the place through your eyes, its lovely there. You are so lucky.

You'll get back to painting soon enough, perhaps you need to take up plein aire to take advantage of that amazing weather.

Laura, thank you. Pastel isn't something I often use but I enjoy its instant gratification in colour and movement.

Oh yes, renovations are so complex and messy aren't they? You start out with one small thing then it seeps over into the next room and the next, etc. But worth it in the end!

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

The studio looks great, (but yeah too neat ;) )

Katherine Thomas said...

The photos of the new studio look so exciting! You're going to have fun arranging and rearranging everything and making the space your own special refuge. I love the painting! The colors flow so beautifully and it has an earthy/dreamy feel to it.