Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Too Much To Do, Again

Bright Spot, 2006, Oil on Panel, 9x12

I knew that when we got back from vacation that I would have a tight painting schedule for a few weeks in order to finish up enough work for two shows that I have coming up. I am also trying to put together a few pieces suitable for publicity, not easy as my work does not reproduce well, and especially not in black in white for newspaper articles. I did manage to send out about six images to the gallery this morning and am hopeful that they will find at least one that is appropriate.

But the thing, the really great thing, that is really making me frantic is a request from the Harrison Gallery in the Berkshires. They must have a super duper sales staff over there because they have been selling my stuff left and right. They have sold seven pieces in the last couple of weeks and are down to only five in their inventory. I had mentioned to the director that Doug and I would be driving through the area this weekend (on our way to the White Mountains in NH-more on that tomorrow) and that we were planning to stop by to see their current exhibition. So she wondered if I could bring some work with me! Yikes!! Luckily I have a few large pieces that are nearly done and a few smaller ones in progress, that I could finish if I don't leave the house or sleep for more than a few hours for the next couple of days.* I also need to do a whole batch of under paintings today, so that when I get back to the studio on Monday, I can jump right back into a new group of landscapes.

On a lighter note, I was pleased to see how beautiful my gardens looked when we got back a few days ago. The Black-Eyed Susans are blooming and everything looks colorful and lush. I love this part of the summer and wish I, and I can't believe I am saying this, because don't forget, I am not an outdside kinda girl, could get outside more to enjoy it.

*You are probably wondering what the heck I am doing writing for the damn blog if I have so much to do. Well two reasons. One is that when I started the blog I wanted to document everything that happens in my work, the process, the frustrations, the exciting events as well as the disappointing ones, exhibition experiences and most definitely the hectic pace I have to keep sometimes to get everything done. So that means taking a few minutes to sit down even in the midst of it all, think about what is happening and write it down. The other reason is that I am procrastinating a bit. heh. I have to spend all day in the studio and right now it looks a little bit like a deep, dark basement with chains on the walls to keep me in.


Bridgette Guerzon Mills said...

When i opened up your blog this morning, I gasped- that painting is really beautiful.

Thank you for documenting and sharing your work here. I don't know how you do it all!

James Wolanin said...

Wow, you have a busy schedule ahead of you, keep up the great work!

Tracy Helgeson said...

Thanks, Bridgette for the compliment. I am glad to hear that because this is a piece I wasn't too sure about, it is more subdued than my usual work, so it's nice to hear another opinion.

Well, I do let the housework slide a bit......

James, luckily the crazy schedule is just for a few days, then it's back to just the regular busy schedule :-)

Daniela Lot said...

By chance i got here and, wow, what a great surprise! I loved your paintings!!!

Tracy Helgeson said...

Thanks, Daniela for the kind words. Hope to hear from you again. Are you an artist?