This is Summit
, 24"x18," oil on board. I've been interested lately in this format--I've done several so far that are similar to my larger paintings in composition but much smaller in scale.
Having no immediate plans to send this little painting anywhere makes me happy, because for months I've been shipping or delivering almost everything as soon as I'm done. Yes I know it's great to have that demand for my work, and I appreciate that a lot--but there is a downside. The process of digesting and learning from the work is rushed, and besides that I don't even get long to enjoy my own paintings.
Now, in the months leading up to my solo show at Darnell Fine Art
in Santa Fe, in July, things will be different--I'm hoping to hold onto a lot of what I do until then. I'll ship enough to NM to cover the rest of winter and spring, but that's a fairly slow time in Santa Fe, and I think that my other galleries are pretty well set. I have one delivery of large work to make to my St. Louis gallery within the next few weeks, and after that it's full speed ahead to the Santa Fe show.
So--deep breath! One show, 14 or so paintings--a body of work that I can hold back, learn from and enjoy until delivery time in early July. It will be a challenge to pull it all off, but it seems like (potentially at least) a more clearly focused time than I have had for awhile.