Wow, where to begin with this update?
I posted a short time ago about the Million Dollar Race and am happy to say that I have managed to finish at least half of the paintings I hope to exhibit. I’ve not posted any images here yet as I don’t wish to prejudice the pre-show publicity that the gallery are spending a great deal of effort on – thanks Morgan Gallery! I am contributing pieces in a wide variety of styles and sizes, including abstracts, semi-abstracts and representational – for both my loyal readers and my own satisfaction I am allowing myself the indulgence of showing you one painting today…..as yet untitled, this is a monochrome acrylic on canvas
The show is fast approaching and I still have much to do, but I’m confident now that the paintings will all be finished in time.
Other projects on the horizon are many and varied. I have been commissioned by a private buyer to produce a painting of old Cayman in a similar vein to the Bygone Cayman Series, but on a larger scale – I need to have the picture finished within the next three weeks so the pressure is on for that job! Work has commenced, and so far it’s going well.
The competitions and exhibitions are coming thick and fast too. The McCoy Prize is only just around the corner and after a lay off of a couple of years, I would really like to win the award again….at the moment I am thinking of entering a sculpture and have purchased most of the materials I am going to need – the idea is rooted firmly in my head, all that remains is the execution!
The Grand Old House have invited submissions for a wine label competition with entries due at the beginning of June and while it’s not something I would normally do, it is a very locally flavoured theme, celebrating their 100 year anniversary. If I can find the time and an inspiring design, I may well be tempted to take it on!
The Ritz Carlton have opened their new gallery and asking artists for submissions for a new exhibition and I’m afraid the dates and details have escaped me for the moment…..sure I have the email somewhere…..Anyway, it’s another show that I’m very interested in exhibiting at, even if my ‘scatter brainedness’ doesn’t give that impression!
The National Gallery have invited a small group of local artists to a dialogue on 26th March, to reflect and discuss whether or not, and to what extent, slavery and its repercussions have affected our art. This initiative is to mark the Bicentenary of the abolotion of the slave trade and should be an interesting and thought provoking excercise.
All in all, with painting, running errands, attending meetings, blogging and feeding a hungry husband it’s all becoming very hectic, but it certainly keeps me focused. Next week we will be looking after the gallery for three days while owner’s are away and it will be strange to find myself in a conventional working environment after such a long spell away – however, I’m really looking forward to meeting all the browsers and customers – hopefully my time at the business will be productive!
The giclee prints of the Bygone Cayman paintings are proving to be popular which I am really, really pleased about. The reproductions in larger sizes than the original works do look really amazing. I am hoping that another of the originals will be sold shortly as apparently a buyer is still trying to decide which one she wants.
It’s amazing that despite all the activity I have found time to check out some more art in the blogging world too. Some of the places that caught my eye this week include Cowboy’s Sweetheart by Deb a cowgirl and western artist in Wyoming, Nicole Hyde Fine Art, another lady painter from Colorado (they seem to produce a lot of lady artists in that state!), and Epiphany Art by a lady named Terri West in Florida. All are very well worth a read, so, thanks to the girls!!
A site which I think will interest all artists and anyone involved in the art world is the blog of Howard Tullman. This guy is one serious art collector and his blog is packed with images and tales about both his art and his other ventures in life. I stumbled across it by accident but was compelled to read.
That’s it for today, I’ve really got to get busy. Thanks for reading, have a great day and please check back soon
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