A very hectic autumn indeed! My schedule is happily filled with painting, drawing, printing, teaching (yay! the economy is clawing its way back!) and getting the yard in shape for winter (and all the regular life stuff)! I was fortunate enough to participate in MAS Attack (an excitingly huge exhibition of 100 or so LA artists) organized by Max Presniel and his people at the Torrance Art Museum. (There's me and my olive tree in the picture!) The best part was getting a real sense of how many fantastic artists there are living and working in the area and the range of work. All of these men and women slugging it out in their studios doing what they do.
Speaking of slugging it out: I had planned to complete three of these larger (3' x 4') panels this summer....ugh! What the hell am I doing? It's been awhile since I've worked large...feels and looks great in the studio. I've finished the damn thing, like, five times and then I show it (or it is seen) and I realize it's not done. I know I want the stupid little squares (hard edge vs illusionism/the stage-set quality it brings to the image/authentic vs imposed, yadda, yadda, yadda) but it's not quite there. I'm going to take the advice of my favorite critic and turn it to the wall and paint some more panels. I heard a quote by Chuck Close recently: "All of the best ideas come while you're working." So I'll just keep slugging it out!