encaustic and oil on birch 24 x 60
Just a few more days - on Monday... its all different.
The walls in my home will be empty of my artwork. All the paintings I have are going to hang in a public space for the month of April. There are 30 total - I count them almost every day, in hopes that while I slept - they multiplied like rabbits and there would be more. Many are small, a few are big and Jack here is by far the biggest. Its my first solo event - my first event.
The paintings will be on display and part of an evening art walk on April 18. I've been working hard and long hours in the studio to be ready. Its a proud and scary moment all at the same time. Am I really ready? Could I use more time? The closer the event, the less time... the less time, the harder it gets to bring something to completion. I've come to realize that really, you can't rush art. You can't. The more I try to get things done - the harder and farther away I am from where I want to be. Its like running backwards from the finish line. Thankfully, I've come to understand the fickle thing we call art and I am able to take a breath, take a step back and let it go. It is what it is - I have what I have and its just how it should be. I have 5 that are in various stages of completion... maybe they will make the event or maybe they won't. But, there is no need for me to be anything other than grateful that I am doing what I love to do. Maybe these last 5 will surprise me and come together in the end. (fingers crossed)
If you live in the Seattle area - come by on Thursday, April 18. 8 Bells Winery and I will be together at the Coldwell Banker Bain office in downtown Edmonds. We'll be sharing our art with friends - they will share their beautiful handcrafted wine and I will share my wax art. Stop in for the Edmonds Art Walk night 5-8PM, its free and you are invited. The artwork will be hanging for the entire month at CBB office, so if you can't make the art walk - drop by anytime during office hours and visit Jack.