THE PRESSURE IS ON.
A couple of previous times in this blog I have mentioned I was in the process of making a submission for a solo show. The deadline for that submission for the 2011 season was May 31st, and then I had to wait for the selection jury decision. Meanwhile, I had to keep on painting as if I was going to be accepted so I would have enough paintings on hand if I did get the nod. My proposed theme was paintings from my travels beyond my home borders, and I suggested the show be called "Journey Works". This being the first time I have ever made a submission for any kind of show featuring my own work, I was not going to get my hopes too high.
The jury had the option of accepting my proposal, of slotting me into a group show instead, or telling me to try again next year. At the end of July I got word that I was being offered a solo show for three weeks in February! Made it, but being scheduled right at the beginning of the year leaves me not as much time as I would have hoped for to finish the 15-18 paintings I had suggested in my proposal. I'm not one of those painting-a-day types that seem to be a growing breed these days, so I've been working as hard as I can to get my quota. This past weekend I finished paintings 11 and 12, and on the easel at the studio I have 13 and 14 well underway. Assuming those two go well (and that's a big assumption), it is conceivable I might even get a 15th painting done on time, but because of the size of some of my pieces relative to the size of the gallery space, fourteen should be fine if that's all I have. That means these latest two paintings underway have to be good enough, so the pressure is on. Not only do I have to finish painting everything, but then there is the matter of varnishing and framing most of the paintings. On second thought, being realistic, maybe I won't get to number 15 after all.
So, the show is being held at The Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach, with an opening reception on the evening of February 2nd, and running through to February 18th. Paintings shall feature scenes from places such as Mexico, Italy, Austria, Greece, Hawaii, California, and India. Everyone that reads this blog is invited to the opening event, but if just those of you within easy driving distance show up, I'll be delighted. This is a really big deal for me, and I'd love to share it with as many of my supportive friends as possible. You're all responsible for getting me to this point.
Here's a peek at part of "Three Pelicans", painting number 11.
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