Well, this morning has been a quiet one as I knock about in my studio that now feel empty after delivering the work for my solo show, Home+Land, to the West End Gallery. There’s a sense of relief and befuddlement hanging in the air. Over the past year I have had deadlines always hovering ahead of me, always something waiting to be done. So when a rare moment without a deadline pops up, it takes me a while to figure out how to deal with this bit of free time. But I will find a way through this pesky free time.
At the West End, they were planning on hanging the show last night and this morning so that it would be available for previews by this afternoon and I’m eager to see how it looks. It’s a pretty big show and I think it will be show with a lot of oomph in the space but I can’t be sure until it’s on the walls.
One piece that I think will look great in the space is the painting at the top, Heart+Land, a large 36″ by 36″ canvas. The size coupled with an opulently warm feel and a sky that seems to reach out to you makes it a piece that is hard to ignore. At least, that’s how I feel.
I know when it was in the studio it was a piece that drew my eye on a regular basis. For a while, I had this piece along with several others set up in the basement of my studio in an area where I do my daily workout. I found this painting a great one to focus on while exercising, allowing myself to get lost in the layers of texture and the many shapes throughout the piece. Very meditative. It made my workout so much easier. I’m going to miss this piece for that reason and many others.
Anyway, the show is in the gallery. Please stop into the West End Gallery to preview the work and if you’re in the Corning area on Friday evening, please stop in and say hello.