Greetings fellow Art Hounds! As you may or may not know, I am getting ready for my first one man exhibition in my home town of Moorhead, MN at the Rourke Art Gallery, (see photo). Now, I’ve had one man shows before, namely at the GK Gallery in Cooperstown, ND, before she closed her doors a few years ago, and they can be a beast. Usually, the artist ends up rushing to complete a bunch of new art, framing and finishing in a flurry, without really thinking what’s happening. You can’t rush art making, and you shouldn’t try.
So, what am I doing about it, you may ask? I am rushing to finish a bunch of paintings! BUT, I am really trying to think it through as well, doing my best on each one. This exhibition opens on July 6th (members preview) with the public opening, July 8th, which leaves me exactly 2 more months to work!! Yes I am feeling the heat! I’ve felt hot since January 1, when it hit me, (“You have 6 more months to work…”) Ah, yes, I remember it well, those lazy hazy days of winter, when I could lollygag around the studio, working on 1 or 3 paintings a week. HA! Presently, I have finished 18 paintings since then and now have 13 (or so) canvases in various stages of completion! I’m a bit overwhelmed…
Now, granted, I am going to exhibit older pieces as well, so if I can’t quite finish some of them that’s OK. I have enough old paintings for one complete show, but an artist can never rest on their laurels, right? These old paintings are dusty, musty and crusty… we want some new art to look at! This one is from 2009, for cryin’ out loud! Oh, and this one is from 2001!! What are we, in the Pleistocene age? Well, this show will consist of roughly half old and half new work, so fear not, my Artcave Followers, for this show will be a success!
I have my calendar out everyday, keeping track of things, writing down any notes I must remember. I can’t let things get out of control! I’ve got to keep a level head about me… I can’t get too down on myself. OK, so, once these new paintings are finished, they need frames! That should take a few weeks… let’s see, Yes, I have that marked down on my calendar as well. Don’t worry everyone.