Monday, April 17, 2006
I am a Reject
Simmering, 2006, Oil on Panel, 18x26
So for the second year in a row I have not been accepted to the 57th Annual Art of the Northeast, a juried national show at the Silvermine Art Guild in CT, which I have previously discussed here. I realized on Friday that I hadn't heard from them yet and so I checked their website. There was a list of the accepted artists, which did not include me, and so I promptly put the two paintings on the list to show the Harrison Gallery, who has asked for more work, preferably larger pieces. So there! Anyway, soon I will get the ever so polite rejection letter which I will put into a book (I save them all). Normally, I might be a bit disappointed by not getting in (I am kind of bummed that the juror, Ben Barzune, wasn't interested in my work, although I understand), but frankly I have been getting slightly buggy-eyed over the last few days thinking about all of the paintings that I need to do in the coming weeks, so these two will help a little bit anyway.
And naturally, because I have so few large sized panels in my supplies inventory, that is exactly what everyone seems to want. On Saturday, after much procrastination, I finally placed an order with ASW Express for both cradled and uncradled hardboard, which is what I prefer to work on. I wish I could build my own supports, and Doug and I debate endlessly about doing it ourselves, but the only spare time I'd have would be at about 2am and frankly I am not interested in giving that up. I have been talking with our contractor, Steve, whose shop builds my frames (don't have time to make those either) about building some large sized cradled panels, but we haven't really gotten it all straightened out yet. So I spent about a thousand dollars today on panels and a few tubes of paint. I always buy a couple of new colors when I order other supplies and today, since I was already spending so much, I figured I may as well buy a tube of paint, Scheveningen Purple Brown by Old Holland, that cost thirty dollars. What the heck. I hope it's a good color, but at that price, I will have to make an effort NOT to get too obsessed with it.
"Simmering", (boy, that title sounds dumb!), is yet another painting that I've done recently using a similar composition of a foreground mass of trees with a smaller different colored mass in the distance. I guess this could be called a series, however I tend to refer to it as beating a dead horse. Often I come across a specific composition, subject matter, color etc. and will do many paintings to explore/exploit further whatever it is that interests me, changing various minor elements in each piece. So it's basically a combination of exploration and obssessiveness. That's it. No big long explanation about the meaning of the elements, the social/psychological effect of the landscape in today's materialistic, over stressed, technology and profit driven society, or that continually repeating images is a metaphor for a futile life.
I just like to paint.