Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The Iron Horse

I am continuing to pump out paintings and I finished another one in the wee hours of the morning last night (or this morning depending how you look at it). I got about 3 hours of sleep, but it was worth it. This one is called "Old Trees for New Coin" and is about 10" x 38" on a bookshelf I ganked from my office. I actually have three of them which is great because I really liked working with wood. It's very smooth and the paint glides on. So, the premise of the painting is more of a comment on how a bunch (and I mean a bunch!) of old trees have been ripped out of the ground to make way for construction over the past ten years here in Reston. The pisser is that they plant these little tiny saplings to almost try and make up for it and they're dwarfed by the structures. It's the right thing to do (to re-plant), but those little trees have always represented the death of old ones for new business, which ultimately is in place to make coin. So there you have it.

I also went out and got some frame kits for a couple of paintings and put those together last night too while my daughter and her friend danced and sang to the "Karaoke Swamp" extra feature on the Shrek DVD. It was a fun time and the frames came out really well. I like seeing my stuff as a finished product. Very rewarding. However, as some of the exhibits I plan on participating in approach, I am feeling kind of funny about selling my work. There is such a personal connection with the work due to the time spent with it, that it seems very strange to part with it. But, that's just part of the whole deal I guess and I'll put my purse down now and just sell the stuff. Hell, I always have the pictures and can order prints I guess. This is, of course, IF it sells. Kind of cheeky to assume that it will.

I'll post a picture of the painting soon and will also take a couple of shots of the studio. It needs to be cleaned due to some family coming in for the weekend, so I'll get some good before and after shots.

Bye for now.

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