It’s hard to believe I’m coming to the end of this three-and-a-half month stretch of painting for my Canada Project and show. Bittersweet.
What an artistic learning curve this project has been. I made sure to give myself LOTS of time to explore these landscapes, because I wanted to add depth to my work and play with colours, brushes, mediums and techniques.
This was the first time I did a project that had “practice boards”… 13 tiny canvases for me to make my mistakes on before I painted on the final canvas. Mostly, they helped me decide the best colours to use, because I still made mistakes on the final pieces! I found my self repainting, reblending and restructuring compositions more then ever before. To the point where I was getting annoyed with myself (wasting time and wasting paint argh!).
Despite planning and plotting and scheduling my painting time over the last few months, it still was not enough. Painting is “job #3″… a passion that is snowballing into a side business, and hopefully long-term will become part of a permanent career. However, the time I make to paint is basically my own personal “free time”… so I consider it an investment in myself and my work, and it is starting to pay off.
Gratefully, a few of my paintings have already sold. I have completed 11 out of the 13 canvases, and will finish these last two before the show:
I have one day left off to focus on the finishing details. It’s both stressful and exciting. I still have prints to sign, and cards to fold, and boxes to pack… it’s going to be a busy few days.
Well after a week of feeling a bit “off” I lost my voice last night, and it has yet to return. For those of you who do not know, I am a yoga teacher by trade and losing my precious voice meant cancelling classes today. I spent most of the day resting, but finally I couldn’t handle the boredom and decided to just “try” painting.
I managed to finish the iridescent clouds in “Ontario Summer” and now only need to add some Queen Anne’s Lace to the green fields. One more almost done! Then only four more to go (I only have 3 more painting days left). I also did my rough practice on the little canvas board for the Northwest Territories. Every little bit counts, right?
Also, exciting news, I have now sold 3 of the paintings from this project! Do not fear, I am keeping them all for the show on December 16th so you can come see them. Remember, I am offering these paintings at my old price ($200) until December 15th. After that the new prices are instated ($250)- you can read more about that decision in my “Pricing Art Is Hard” blog.
If you think you might be interested in purchasing one of the paintings from this collection, please keep your eye on the Canada: Provinces and Territories page. I will continue to post the paintings there as they are completed, and will mark them sold as they go.