This Friday night from 5:30-7:30 we have our annual end-of-the-year student show at the GCA. I’ve been a full time student for the past four years, and now I only have five days of class left. I’m not prone to emotional reactions, but with every day that slips through my fingers, I feel a bit closer to a teary meltdown! In my life, this has been the biggest commitment I’ve ever made, and the most demanding. I am overflowing with gratitude for my family, friends, and teachers who have supported me through this journey and helped me stick with it. I feel like I’ve had a fierce team of people in my corner who believe in me, and I really couldn’t have done it without them.
Of course I still feel like I’m lifetimes away from being able to paint the way I want to, but at least I now have a good foundation to build on. The real work begins after school, when I will try to make work that is not just technically proficient, but also thoughtful and expressive. That’s why I always refer to my paintings as “studies.” They are the equivalent of the exercises that a dancer does to become strong and nimble before they can attempt to fully express themselves through their bodies.
Anyway, I plan to write more on that subject later, but for now, please take a look at these color studies I’ll be hanging in Friday’s show. I also have two new larger (15″x 26″) figure paintings that I’m racing to finish by Friday, and they are the best work I’ve done all year, so I can’t wait to share them, along with some of my other studies from the past year.
This summer promises to be fun and productive. To start off, I’m teaching a landscape painting workshop from May 30 – June 3 in Manhattan. Then I’ll be heading up to the White Mountains of New Hampshire to get a head start on painting before the Hudson River Fellowship starts on July 16th. You can stay up to date with the work I produce by subscribing to this blog, following me on facebook, instagram, twitter … all that stuff. I’ll also start sending out a monthly newsletter if you prefer to have news delivered right to your inbox . You can sign up for that on my home page.