Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Rejections and Garden Season

It's been too long since my last blog post, and my apologies. A combination of factors have made it a quiet period in my studio. I've hosted (and thoroughly enjoyed) visits from three sets of out-of-town relatives in March. As much fun as these visits are, though, they do take time away from studio work.

The change in temperatures in Raleigh has also created garden season. Outside of painting, my creative juices are best fulfilled by yard work and gardening, and I've been busy working on some new areas of my yard for planting next month.

Unfortunately, what art news has occurred has been negative: rejection notices. After enjoying the small group show in February at the Visual Art Exchange, I've been rejected in two juried shows as well as a solo exhibit proposal for a local arts council. Rejection is par for the course, and doesn't depress my painting mood, but in a slow period it doesn't exactly help, either.

Currently I am working on a large canvas based on the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. I hope to have an image shortly to share on this blog.