June 29, 2013

my last day

debilitating thoughts of having so much to do
that I'm just sitting here in a big pile
procrastinating with my blog
not much art wrestling
unless packing artwork into boxes I won't look at for months
counts
this is how I waste my time!

I keep saying I'll do it tomorrow
and now tomorrow is my last day

I used to have a sign in my studio that said
any time spent in the studio is not a waste of time
meaning even if you spent the day cleaning it

it was better than not being in there
or if you spent half the day sitting there staring at
half finished canvases
or just went in there to listen to music or read a magazine
it was better than not being in there at all

I just packed that sign into a box I have no idea when I'll see again
Whose idea was this to move my studio,
business, and house at the same time??
Remind me to remind myself how stupid that was

June 1, 2013

The Beginning and the End

Today is June 1st, a day I've been anticipating for some time now. Today is the last opening reception at my art gallery, which simultaneously starts the countdown until we close at the end of the month.

It also marks the unofficial beginning of summer vacation, which technically starts at the end of my daughter's school year.

Finally, this week my house officially went on the market, and that's number three in beginnings and endings for me.

I know I have a lot of work ahead of me, but I couldn't be happier!

I've spackled and painted the gallery walls for the last time. I've gotten my press clippings saved and photocopied, sent all my emails and facebook messages, paid the last utility bills and put out my absolute last roll of toilet paper and paper towels. The lawn is mowed and the last pot of pretty flowers awaits our visitors.

I'm so ready!

For the final exhibition three awesome artists are each having solo shows in the three gallery spaces we have. Of course one of the artists is me! but what I've just noticed as I'm writing this is that my largest painting is really working well with this whole theme today. The painting is called Baby and depicts a large roughly textured head on it's side with another very sparse head rising out of it. Truly I can't remember what my thoughts were as I painted this image, but it now appears quite timely for a day like today which marks the beginning and the end.