When I was digging through old digital photos the other week, looking for pictures I hadn't printed before and hoping I'd find something that I could paint that wouldn't feel stale, I found these two road trip photos:
I printed them out with the rest, even though I kind of doubt that paintings of them would really be that popular. I think I kept them because they remind me of the endless miles of northern highway and kidney jarring logging roads that I drove down during my years as a treeplanter.
It's been 20 years since I started Planting, but Every year in the spring I get the urge to migrate up north and get lost in the bush. Cottages are great to go to, but it's not the same as being so far north that the light is different and the air smells different and you're hours from the nearest permanent building.
Hmmm, considering that it's stuck with me for so long, I might just have to do some paintings of logging roads and clear cuts, whether I think I can sell them or not.
I'm doodling some new designs for a new set of mini-paintings I'm working on. I'm feeling kind of tapped out with my old designs, and I've been having a hard time getting anything good to come out, so I spent some time going over old photos on the puter and printing them out in the hopes that it'll jog something out of my creative brain.
I'm sure that if I spent more time outside it would be easier to come up with something, but the irony of trying to make even part of your income from art is that you spend so much time in the studio that you don't have time to get into the landscapes you're trying to paint. That means I likely won't do any canoe pieces this year, I'm sorry to say.
I received my confirmation for the Muskoka Arts & Crafts Annual Summer Show, so I'm happy to say that I'll be showing there this summer in July. It's been a good show for the two previous years that I've shown there, so I'm hopeful it'll be good again this year. Click here for the site for the show.
I always feel like these paintings are never going to get finished, but then they get to a stage where they look like they're getting really close. Then I feel better, especially if I pretend that there aren't that many of those little bits that still need doing. Haha, yeah...