As September winds down, and summer as well, my attention is fully on preparations for the gallery show in October. Selections have been made, titles chosen, labels printed and postcards mailed. In other words, I’m ready to get this show on the road.
As someone who has done a turn or two on the stage, I can easily compare this first show to opening night – the anticipation, the touch of anxiety, the knowledge that anything can happen, and the pure joy of finally bringing the work into the world come what may.
At the same time, I’m already thinking ahead. I’ve built a good body of work with my most recent pieces, many of which will be in the show, but I’m itching to explore further and new ideas come to mind.
I don’t question that color will be the defining aspect of my work, but the possibilities are many. And they gypsy in me wants to travel a few new roads.
I didn’t do much painting over the summer, but I did create a few 8×10 pieces to sell at the show. Here are samples:
I’ll also include a few collage pieces from my Celestial Bodies series:
Again, color all the time.
And about that color, here are the opening lines of my Artist’s Statement that lend a little insight into how that all came about:
“Perhaps it was the 50-color paint set my grandmother bought me when I was nine. Or perhaps it was the technicolor movies, especially Walt Disney who animated music with color. Or it may have been my first college art history class where I fell in love with the vivid colors of Raoul Dufy and the Fauves (as well as my art history professor) when I was eighteen.
“Whatever it was, despite work with charcoal and pastels, clay, collage, or pen and ink, I’ve been hooked on color ever since.”
The show opens October 6 and the reception is Saturday, October 7 from 6-9 p.m. at Hype Gallery/Studio Door on 30th St. in San Diego’s arts district. I plan to be there!