This November has offered a variety of weather in my corner of Pennsylvania. There have been warm, colorful days, very dark rainy days, very cold/below freezing days and snow days. Barry and I are still moving leaves down to the street for leaf truck pickup (thank goodness for this service). In between autumn garden chores, I make time to just enjoy the show even if it's just a few minutes.
Meanwhile, in the studio, I have been working out how to finish an oil painting I started some months ago. It's a cityscape of some odd shaped buildings I photographed in Vilnius, Lithuania. I like the photograph very much, but want to express something of the energy that went through me when I first saw these buildings clustered together at odd angles. I may or may not get there, but the effort I'm sure will pay off somewhere down the line.
Needless to say, I love images. I continually create them through photography and save interesting ones from magazines, catalogs, or scan them from books. After years, I realized that the collection was unwieldy and finally culled them down to a reasonable collection. Now that there aren't so many choices, it's easier to start creating. I finished a large collage I started last year and then quickly knew what I wanted to do for the next two smaller ones( in the roughly 11" x 14" size).
|Eyes Left - Collage and Paint on Canvas|
|Pattern and Memory No. 1|
|Venice with Owl|
The Annual Juried Exhibit at the York Art Association, York, PA continues through the middle of December. Details are in an earlier post or at www.yorkartassociation.org. My painting "Venice: Morning Sky Water" is among the works. The Framers' Workshop at South York Shopping Plaza, York, PA has a special exhibit up for the holidays and they invited me to exhibit three pieces. It opened this past Saturday, but I haven't seen it myself yet. Will get over there today.
And lastly, here are some quotations I came across recently that I'm adding to my quotations page.
"To feel and think and learn--learn always: surely that is being alive and young in the real sense."
--Freya Stark (I recently read her book, THE LYCIAN SHORE.)
"Dust is a protective coating for fine furniture."
--Mario Buatta (interior designer who passed away recently)
"If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out load."
Enjoy this last week of November!