I’m enjoying one of those rare months where the ideas and their execution flow in a rush of creativity! For me, that usually comes from having an end goal. In this case, I’m doing a small craft fair at my kids’ school. It’s not a big venue, but it is an opportunity to share my art with the world, and that is always a good thing. I did the show last year and was woefully unprepared. I had only large paintings and prints. The paintings were far too expensive for the venue. My booth was in a bad spot with very little traffic. I had no booth design in mind, just threw a cloth on a table and winged it. Not my finest moment, but a learning experience to be sure! Knowing more about what it will be like, I am better prepared this year with a range of products and prices.
In anticipation of this little market, I painted a new series, “In the Kitchen”. The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is where I spend most of my time because I love to cook and I love to eat. I’m intimately acquainted with all my various kitchen tools, from the measuring spoons and cups I use daily, to the potato masher and ice cream scoop that are for occasional treats. They all hold a beauty and meaning beyond what they appear to be.
I am first and foremost a people painter–portraits and figure painting are my first and one true love. This past year, however, I’ve been branching out. I did some architectural drawings and started offering house portraits. I even did some pet portraits (people love their furbabies!). Lately I’ve been interested in trying some still life painting. It’s a skill I’ve not practiced since college, so a good challenge for me! And just because I am slightly masochistic, I chose glass and metal objects for my still life paintings. Yay! Reflections! It’s pretty much the opposite of painting people.
Some prints from this series are now available in the shop. Everything else will be listed the week of Thanksgiving in time for Small Business Saturday. #shopsmall