Painting for a show is quite different from painting day to day. First of all, there is the adrenaline rush and excitement of creating for a specific venue and event, along with being chosen to do so!
Then there are the parameters within which the work will be created and displayed. Such as the:
- Number of paintings needed
- Dates of delivery, the exhibition and the corresponding timeline
- Opening reception date
- Other participants
- Venue itself and the wall space
- Costs in creating a body of work
- Promotion and marketing schedule
Last November I responded to a “Call for Artists” from the Cottonwood Center for the Arts in Colorado Springs, my home town. They were asking artists to submit an idea for an exhibition with several examples of current work. In December, I was notified that my work had been accepted and that I would be exhibiting with Ken McGowan. I was jazzed. We were paired together because our paintings spark curiosity and juxtaposes subject matter unexpectantly. There is a twist of surrealism, and lots of intrigue and color harmony. One of our goals is to inspire the viewer to ask questions. We decided that the title of our show would be “Beyond the Surface.”
I knew my work would focus on my “Windows to Wellness” paintings. I had been working on this theme for several months and now I needed to hone in on the images I wanted to create for this upcoming show.
How was I going to do this? What was my approach going to be? What was my message…. my vision? [Read more…]