It’s a good thing spring takes a while to get revved up here in the Adirondacks, as I don’t feel guilty for spending time painting in the studio, rather than painting outside.
You might wonder what the life of an artist is like—how do you get known, how is your work recognized or how does it gain merit? There are a number of paths to this, and like the old Q & A about getting to Carnegie Hall, all of it requires practice and work. Social media and the internet has allowed artists to have more of a following, but we are always working to get our paintings into galleries, into regional shows, and to earn awards or professional recognition from arts organizations or societies. In addition, some of us are active in our communities to further the arts, which brings visitors and tourist dollars, and can go a long way into revitalizing towns.
For most of this year I ‘ve been working on my July show for NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery, titled “Farm to Table.” It’s been a wonderful exploratory process, bringing me back to doing still life paintings as well as some landscapes (please see my events page). There will be approximately a dozen new pastel pieces on exhibit for that show, and a couple of oil paintings for good measure.
In juried show news, I was very honored to have my pastel painting “Our Little Town” take 1st place at the Adirondack Artists Guild Annual Juried Show among a large field of mixed media pieces. My piece, “Sunset on Heron Marsh Pond” has been accepted into View Arts Center’s Northeast National Pastel Exhibition as well, and I’m waiting on news of other juried shows.
The summer and fall will have me at four different plein air events, and bringing my work for numerous exhibits. By November I’m going to be ready for a bit of a vacation!