Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Catching up

Underwater Attitude
I have been extremely busy since the last blog post and while vowing to up my game at the start of the new year, I haven't always met my promise of twice to three times a week. Forgive me. I shall try harder.

Summer becomes the season for gallery activity locally with seasonal galleries reopening after languishing all winter and exhibitions taking place, projects coming to life and weather (at last) improving. As with each year, I bemoan the fact that I am so busy with the season, but I enjoy it also, as productivity and deadlines are the things that drive me forward.

Pink Gin
20 x 24" oil on canvas
So many paintings have headed out the door lately that I barely have anything left in the studio and work continues to build with commissions, teaching for workshops and private lessons as well as a major project taking form.   I was lucky enough to be provided with a grant from NLAC that will allow me to create a series of wooden boat paintings using a palette knife. I will also produce  sketches of the chosen boats, the type of boat, its environment, etc. and make them available in hard copy as well as e-book version.  This exhibition will culminate with a solo exhibition in early summer 2015.  I like to allow myself plenty of time to fit in everything I need to do for this as well as all my other work.

Moored Speedboat
pen and wash, Stillman & Birn sketchbook

One of my designs was accepted by Clean St. John's and I will be painting it on a traffic box in the city in July.  I can't tell you much more than that right now, but will find ways of sharing the experience and the final painting with you as it progresses.  Its great to see colourful original art around the city and research shows that it deters vandalism through graffiti so I hope the program continues until every traffic box is painted.  If your city doesn't have a public art program then start one! It brings community together and supports local artists.


Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

lots of sales are good :D and you are so busy, makes me tired reading about it all lol

Jeanette Jobson said...

The beginning of the summer is crazy busy always Jen. Seasonal galleries start up and people want to do classes, tourists are around buying art, etc. Some days I wonder how I can keep up!

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

with lots of caffeine?? ;)

Jeanette Jobson said...

That and just getting with it and trying to avoid distractions. Never easy!