My newest paintings

Well, I finally got it done. Those layers and layers I wrote about a few days ago. I lost count of how many hours I worked on it, and to be honest there is a little bit left to do, but I will likely not get it done before we head home. Since it needs time to dry, I'll probably wait. In the meantime, what I have to do will be almost imperceptible to most, so here it is. "Wrapped in Gold". I still don't know exactly how big it is, but I cropped the photo where the canvas will wrap around the edges of the wood.

That done (or done enough for now) I whipped out another sheet of YUPO paper and let the brush fly. I was having so much fun, I couldn't stop, so John went to bed without me and I painted well into the wee hours of the morning. Then I fell into a peaceful sleep. When I woke up, the painting had changed so much in it's drying (apparently the counter it was on is not perfectly flat!) that I ended up with a whole new course to take! Anyway, this is what came out of it. "Waving Goodbye" is 20 x 14 (I think) and is, of course, Watercolor on Yupo. I'd love to do another, but there just isn't enough time for drying left before we have to leave. Sigh. It's kind of wierd. We have been for a week longer than we normally are, but I managed to finish only 7 pieces...exactly half as many as I usually do. I honestly think that's because I spent the first two weeks essentially brain dead. At any rate, I'm thrilled to be painting again, and resolutely refusing to think about what awaits me on my return!

I have decided, though, to NOT make a mad dash to put the gallery together. I will take my time and do it right. I need to walk through the newly renovated space (assuming it will be done!) and get the 'feel' of the space. Observe the energy and discern if I need to paint, and if so what color, and where to put what and so on. At the same time, I have a grant to finish for the Arts Council and paperwork to file for the Art Trail (Northeastern New Mexico Arts Alliance) and I'm sure, mountains and mountains of mail. While it did manage to wake me up in the middle of the night last night I'm keeping my eyes on the goal and soul in the free place that painting brings. Stay tuned.

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