I just entered this painting, “Peach Begonias,” into a local art exhibit along with two landscapes today. I’ve been looking forward to that, really to share this painting I’m pretty proud of with other artists. I think I really hit the mark with the transparency of watercolor and the painting has the luminosity I have always tried to achieve in a watercolor painting.
I painted this, actually finished it from the sketch and first washes I’d put on paper years ago and not finished, at the beginning of May this year to use it as my desktop calendar for that month.
I had loosely planned a new cat painting and a new nature painting every month this year, especially after discovering the joy of my new pastels in January, to enjoy working on images I’ve wanted to paint for years or months or even from life. I can’t describe how it feels when I finish a painting but it’s something I don’t know I need until I have it and I feel complete. I’d have new art for exhibits and for sale and I could use them as my monthly desktop calendars to feature them.
I haven’t updated either my feline or nature desktop calendars since then. That was the month I could see Mewsette was really beginning to decline and I spent a lot of time on her, and I could see Jelly Bean moving in the same direction, Giuseppe ended up in emergency mid-month for hyertension, and then getting the diagnoses for both Mewsette and Mr. Sunshine from their ultrasounds at the end of the month not only filled my mind, it filled my heart, and I need that to create my artwork, so I haven’t done any artwork since then except covers for Patricia’s books.
I’m ready to open up and start painting again, but I honestly can’t imagine painting any of the images of any of my cats. I had an idea in mind for a painting of Mewsette and Mimi from May and early June and I’d been ready to start on that just after she died, and a couple of other favorites, the green wicker loveseat, climbing the tree in autumn, but then Jelly Bean…I still want to paint it, I’m just not sure about right now. I may start off with one of my photos of a storm coming in on Lake Erie from two years ago that I really wanted to paint, it’s still timely for the season, it will open that door, and it won’t hit that part of my heart that is still grieving. I just know that I need to create new artwork.
No more desktop calendars
But either way I don’t think I’ll get back to monthly desktop calendars. I love choosing from existing art, even pulling from very far back in my archives, or creating the art and designing the calendars and offering the free matted prints. But that is all quite time-consuming, and I rarely get an order for a free matted print. I’ve been posting the desktop calendars since 2012 and offering the free prints since 2016 and it’s actually given me a deadline to get something finished, even a season or month to plan to work for, but I guess I can just share my new work at any time. It will be an adjustment, but I’m adjusting to so many other changes right now it’s actually a relief not to have to take the time for this.
So “Peach Begonias,” and “The Garden Gate,” will be the final ones. I’ll have some offer with new artwork when I create it. I’m not fond of giveaways but that may be an idea.
I’m reconsidering my vendor shows too. Sales have not been good this year, not just for me, and I still have most of what I made in the spring. I have two farmers markets in September and possibly a few other events in October and November.
Inventing, designing and creating the keepsakes and votives and garden flags and even more ideas I haven’t had a chance to make yet are activities I need too, creative challenges, but not at the high level of an original painting (or block print or other print, and I have had several in mind for years). It carries me along between bigger things and I really love the whole process. I need to decide if I’m going to follow through with my original plan of choosing a few bigger events each year and move on from the easy ones. I would need help with that to be successful and it’s not really out there. Or rely entirely on my websites. I just don’t know. I don’t have to decide everything right now.
Handmade gifts are available!
In any case, while I work my way through this, don’t forget when you are shopping for gifts or for yourself that I do have handmade gifts in addition to art on Portraits of Animals! I haven’t been able to make anything all summer either, but that’s because everything, materials and equipment and space, have been completely tied up, and I’m finally getting things back in order item by item, framing, heat press, screen printing, etc., so finally I can finish some orders and work on some of those new products—feline solar lights, wind chimes and note pads, to name a few ideas. Not sure how fast or how soon, but I have my plans.
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