So 2017 has started and it is going to be BUSY! I have been diligent at promoting myself and I guess it has worked because I have 4 solo shows during the year ahead. I am excited about it all but getting a wee bit nervous that I won’t be able to pull it off. 2017 has had a rough start to it and not all that much painting has been done so far. We had some rough weather and no power for almost a week! I did what sketching I could by window and flashlight but it turns out that a nice strong light source is essential to painting. However the power is up and running and I’ve started to get busy. The first show of the year is nice and mellow, a exhibition at our local library for the month of February. I’m going to do all my bird paintings at this exhibition. All the paintings for this show have already been completed already.
The next show is a little bit of a bigger deal. It’s at the Mckinley Art Center in Reno and I have gallery west all to myself. This show will be up for 6 weeks starting in May. I am mostly done with the work for this show but I would like to have at least 4 more pieces than I currently have ready to go. 2 out of the 4 are almost done, the 3rd has just been started and the 4th piece is only in my mind so far. Since this is a painting show I have to finished the pieces at least a month ahead of time so that they can dry, be varnished and also photographed. So we are talking the end of March deadline here.
The third show will be at a local art print gallery and will be featuring the black and white insect pieces. We are going to take my drawings and make polymer plates out of them so that we can do print runs out of them. I’ve never done this before so I’m very excited. I also think it will be a nice break to do a bunch of drawings after the months of painting I will have just completed. This show will be in July. So I’ll have April and May to do the drawings and possible early June to get all the drawings done. This is a tight amount of time for how much work I would like to show but it’s so much faster to do pen and ink rather than oil paints. So I think I will be okay.
Then the final show is another painting show (maybe with a few drawings thrown in). This show is a another local gallery and will feature animals, birds and insects that are local to the San Lorenzo Valley. Basically the beasts that I see in my back yard. This show is in October so I have some time to think about it. I know that I for sure want to do a banana slug piece just because. I also got to see a bobcat a few weeks ago while I was hiking and I think that would be freaking amazing subject matter. It was smaller than I expect but extremely beautiful.
As I’m writing this I’m starting to stress out about how much work I have ahead of me! I think I can do it all but there won’t be much time for experimentation. I’ve learned in the past year that I can be somewhat lazy in the planning of a piece. I don’t work out all the potential problems in the sketching phase and then have to do it while the piece in progress. This adds a ton of extra time and sometimes a piece just ends up failing. So I’m going to be diligent about the planning and sketching stage and hopefully each piece will flow.