Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Big Sunflowers, Big Shows, Big Head

Big Sunflowers
Oil on canvas, 48x72
 I had a couple really good shows in Connecticut this month - Mystic and SoNo - and returned home with NO big paintings at all.

That's right, all my big paintings sold in those two shows.

What a miracle! Really, truly, any time anyone buys a painting from me - or any living artist - it is truly special.

It's so much easier to buy prints or reproductions. So much cheaper to go to Marshall's and buy some painting made in China, and already framed, and all for $37.

When someone goes out of their way to go to a show, and then allows themselves to fall in love with a painting, and actually buy it - sometimes for big $$ - well, so much has to happen to make that work, it's really somewhat surprising that it ever happens.

When a series of those events takes place in the life of an artist, it's sheer joy and celebration! People bought big paintings, people bought small paintings, people bought merchandise I was trying out - and people came to just look and talk and have fun. And there's joy in that, too.

So I am home, and I am painting like mad for autumn shows and for galleries that need new stuff. It's great to be here, to spend time with my honey, in our hometown, and to have the luxury of weeks on end to create.

Thanks, all of you who came to the Mystic and SoNo shows. Whether you bought anything, or whether you just said hello and looked at the art, your presence helped make my shows successful.

MY FRIEND CANDY asked me what my favorite meal is. I was staying with her and she was going to cook. Well, I have lots of favorite meals, but my favorite summertime meal is a tomato salad, corn on the cob and fish. Yum! Candy sliced and diced and cooked a delicious dinner. Doesn't this salad look scrumptious?  

Dog of the Day

It's Big Head, the goofy, fun neighbor dog who loves pretty much everyone. 
He really does have a big head

A Final Thought

"It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints 
as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism. 
There is no such thing as good painting about nothing."
- Mark Rothko


Unknown said...

Glad CT was good to you! Can you believe the summer's gone already?

carrie jacobson said...

No, I can't! Where Did It Go??? (It is still hot as blazes here, though. The studio was 90 degrees today. I painted as long as I could and then came in to the blessed A/C.