Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Delivery To Williamstown

Today, Doug and I are driving to Williamstown, MA, in order to deliver my work to The Harrison Gallery. I always enjoy these trips. I am usually filled with relief to be done with everything, for the moment anyway, and when Doug comes with, we always enjoy having a few hours of uninterrupted conversation,

The painting that I have posted today is one that I am very happy with and if we had more wall space I might consider keeping it. But we don't, so I am not and so it will be included in the show. Anyway, it's a big panel and the whole thing, start to finish, just burst right out of me. I can't explain it any better than that. I like the colors, the tree and I don't know what made me do it, but I especially love the blue at the horizon line on the left side. It's quite different than how I usually resolve those areas. And now, as is my habit, I will probably do that in every painting I do until Doug shakes me and tells me to stop!

So if you are anywhere close to the Berkshires this weekend, please come by the opening on Saturday, January 5, 5-7pm to see this fab painting for yourself, and/or to meet me and Doug. Or if you feel a bit shy about that, at least visit the gallery sometime in January, the show will be up until January 31st.

Oh, and I came across this article about the show. I think it is a press release from the gallery as much of it comes from my artist statement. Not the adjective "passionate" though. While I love to hear my work described as that I think my face would turn beet red if I ever described my own work as passionate!


Anonymous said...

Love this painting. Great colors and oh how I love your barns!

Anonymous said...

The painting is beautiful, Tracy--I can see why you'd want to hang on to it for yourself! It's certainly a wonderful start to your New Year.

Susan Constanse said...

Wow! Great red. I can understand why you are happy with this painting, Tracy. I love the scrumbled blue line contrasting with the firm clean line of the right side of the barn.

So, you must be feeling better now?

Steppen Wolf said...

Good luck, Tracy. That is a very good painting.

Mim said...

Ok, having lurked long enough, I just emailed my husband the link for the show and will get over to there before the end of the month. I want to see your work in person. I love the scale of it and the colors. Great Work.

Tracy Helgeson said...

Thanks Shirley!

Thanks Ann, I do occasionally keep a piece, usually one that signifies a shift in my work. But I will very happy if someone who loves it, buys it too:)

Thanks Susan, and yes, I am feeling just fine now. I had to, in order to get the work done for this show!

Thanks Sunil!

Glad you have delurked Michelle, and I am very glad to hear that you may visit the show! I hope you enjoy it.

Olga Norris said...

I just love the joy which radiates out of this painting. Good luck with the show.

Angela Wales Rockett said...

Beautiful painting! I love that rare, rare painting that just bursts forth.

Wish I could come see the show. Best of luck!

Casey Klahn said...

What works for me, and this painting really does, is the all red take of the barn. Cool.

Tracy Helgeson said...

Olga, what a wonderful compliment. Thank you!

Thanks Angela, you are right, it is just the best feeling when those paintings come right out.

Thanks Casey, up until recently I have avoided painting the barns red, but now I am on a red binge! I especially like the red and the light blue/green sky that I am using together.

Elizabeth Love (née Acheson) said...

Hi Tracy...I read your post this morning & have been thinking on & off today about letting work go that I seem to have more of an attachment to. Have you ever regretted selling any pieces?

william wray said...

That's a red barn alright. Intimidating how it dominates the landscape like its angry and getting ready to leave. ;-)

Tracy Helgeson said...

Hi Elizabeth, No I haven't really. Maybe I should be more attached to my work, but I'm really not. I do keep a piece now and then, not because I can't part with it, but because it signifies some sort of development.

I may write about this in a post.

Thanks Bill, yes, that barn sure does have attitude. Not sure how I did that, but maybe that's how it happened.