Monday, July 19, 2010

Back in the Studio, Part II

In my last post I showed a piece, part of a proposed diptych for a show with the theme of Pairings. I finished the second part of the pair today- and just in time- today was also the deadline... but I made it. Now I wait to see if the work got into the exhibit.
The prior piece was of my first-cousin-once-removed Jean Amy; this one is of my other Jean: Miss Jean Webb, my great aunt.



PS My piece for the Ulster Corps charity auction didn't sell despite what I heard were some very kind and supportive remarks from the auctioneer. Well, hopefully, sometime in the future someone will smack their forehead and say, "damn! I wish I had bought that piece! What a missed opportunity!"


Monday, July 12, 2010

Back Into the Studio

I actually got to spend a day in my workspace over the weekend. Saturday not only brought some desperately needed rain to the area, it gave me a day off from my job at the nursery. I have a number of pieces on my desk- some of them only the barest sketches but the deadlines are looming. Here is the first to be completed:



It is part of a pair of works- its partner is nearing completion- for a show at the WAAM entitled "Pairings." When I saw the requirements I immediately thought of the 2 Jeans who inspired me in my life ( and whom I never fully appreciated until it was too late; to my great regret): Jean Amy (first-cousin-once-removed) (pictured above) and Jean Webb (great-aunt.) It seemed particularly apt if you just say their shared name- Jeans/genes. True I am not biologically descended from either of them but I am their ├Žsthetic inheritor.
I was working on the assumption that they were both due today but found last night, much to my relief, that they are due this coming Monday. But that doesn't mean I can rest, I have to finish Great-Aunt Jean's portrait as well as the 2 other pieces I have promised. I will post them as they are finished. In the meantime, I commune with my jeans/genes.