Back Up Against the Shadows, 2009, Oil on Birch Panel, 6x12
Last Friday night I emailed jpegs of all of the paintings I have ready for the show at The Harrison Gallery. A few folks had already called the gallery after receiving the show announcement (yayy!) and so the director wanted to get a preview up quickly. She had chosen about 21 paintings out of the 29 jpegs that I had sent which might ordinarily send me into a rejection fueled tailspin (what? they don't immediately want EVERYTHING I HAVE EVER PAINTED?!) but really just made me feel relieved that now I have some good work on hand for my next show which is in August. Anyway, you can check out the images here.
There are still a few paintings that will be added. I have two larger barn paintings, one of which may be included, as well as the 40x60 I have been prattling on about for awhile. I did the underpainting on that today (image below) and I should be able to put some color down on it on Thursday or so. I am going really simple with this one, and was certainly thinking about Rothko here too. Despite its size, however, I am not feeling a lot of pressure about whether it will work out at the color stage. I have at least one large painting that is really nice and will certainly be included and so this huge one is optional. The worst that can happen is that I will have to sand it down and start again, and it sure wouldn't be the first time I do that.
But don't think I am not daydreaming about it turning out beautifully, being included in the show and then selling to someone who wants ten more! A girl can (day)dream right?