Art Resolutions is a self-imposed initiative to create an art study every day for a year. Welcome to Study 56.
I am well behind in my posting but funerals and a respiratory virus have been interfering with my objectives. A new painting and art exhibitions have been my artistic pursuits in the interim. Despite neglect in this venue, art continues in my life. Now all I have to do is share it with you.
As you might guess, all the distractions have pushed things out of balance. Yesterday, I enjoyed the sun which has made few appearances lately and took a stroll around town. Ultimately, settling into Starbucks with my travel journal and a distance from real life to pull all the rest together. After scribbling satisfying resolutions to my current life dilemmas, I pulled out the drawing pencils and focused through the paned window to a dormant bougainvillea trunk and empty Romanesque planter.
When I was nearly finished, a gentleman tethered two pink clad greyhounds to the hitching post adjacent to the urn. I see painting potential in that image. Later, Cinci sister, Becky, and I traveled to the 47th Greater Hamilton Art Exhibition. In February, Becky sent a newspaper notification about the show and encouraged me to enter. The day before entries were due, I quickly inventoried what would qualify and with low expectations entered a little expressionist landscape and on a whim also entered an abstract landscape. Neither were framed, and as presentation was part of the rating, I questioned whether it was worth submitting two finished edge canvases. To my surprise, I received notification two weeks ago that the abstract had been accepted. Last night there was a wonderful turn out for the lovely reception and an interesting and very diverse show. Given that I was an art major and have been actively involved in painting most of my adult life, many are surprised that this is my first juried exhibition. It was wonderful to have something accepted and has piqued my interest in future competitions. In the meantime, the experience stimulated new ideas for future work and provided an entertaining diversion in a challenging week. One of the reasons that art is so important.