Working smaller these days....


Well it sure has been a busy week. Lots of art projects going on and work at the inn. This past Monday, I started sketching out the background of the stage set for the Mt. Morris Performing Arts Guild. They are doing "South Pacific." I was given a drawing done by a professional set designer. Thinking it would be easier to project it up on the stage, I brought my opaque projecter and rigged it up on a scaffolding type thing in the dark. The place wasn't quite dark enough and it was also very warm & muggy. So, after 45 minutes of trying to keep the image the right size and level, I decided to paint over my drawing and do it freehand with a small housepainting brush and sage green paint (on khaki background). Amazingly it was a lot easier. I figure one more evening of work on that. Wed. night my friend, Debbie & I had burgers at the Shamrock in Dixon, then went to my studio at The Next Picture Show (NPS) to paint. We got there about 7:30 and she started on a landscape and I decided to go very, very small....5 x 7, oil on canvas. After going through a very slow art show a couple of weeks ago, I've decided to do up smaller canvases to bring in more seed money for the larger stuff I really enjoy. An artist has to do what she's gotta do! The picture above is my first show working this small, called "Poppies in June." I'll probably get a beautiful wide frame with linen liner (that's where the main cost comes from). After this was done, I started another small landscape, but had to quit because my contacts were fogging up! Well, gotta run. Inn guests are checking in soon, so I have to make sure the place is all ready.