Tell Me More, 18 x 14
I've been painting like mad, accomplishing not that much, because I've been what I call "deadline-stressing;" that is, getting paintings done for gallery commitments, gifts, etc. Meanwhile, I totally KNOW that my best work is from my heart, joyous and inspired. So I have been spending a lot of energy and wipe-outs to create the free, loose, yet true paintings that I want to do. As Dolly Parton famously said, "It costs a lot to look this cheap!"
I like the painting above, done with the last of my hydrangeas this year. Below is version number one of a painting I did recently, which I did NOT like, and the new, free-er take on the same subject below:
Be Mine, 16 x 16
Last week, I also did a wedding gift for my niece, Sarah, who is getting married in October; the painting was based upon a photo of her as a child. Of course, I caught a good likeness and feel on the first take, and then spent another entire day "refining" it to just get back to what I had!
So, I say to myself over and over: "Relax, let it flow, stay happy!" When I do this, it's a way better day...
Something About Her, 16 x 12
Photo of Sarah
And... best news of all, we leave for France tomorrow -- yay! The Provence trip is here -- Michael and I go to Paris tomorrow for three nights (at Ann Huff's beautiful apartment near the Eiffel Tower), then to the south of France to stay at Les Murets, her amazing maison near Gordes. A totally great group of painters and friends are joining us for a week of capturing the Provencal light, enjoying great food, lots of laughs, and of course, lots of WINE!
La Petite Maison (chez Les Murets), 6 x 6