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Joyful Circumstance

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I’m excited to be opening this ekphrastic show – painters responding to poets and poets responding to painters – at Zip 37 Gallery in six short days. The entire project had its origin in this blog, sort of, about a year ago. I was participating in Leslie Saeta’s 30 in 30 challenge after losing my studio made me wonder if I would ever want to paint again. Ken Smith was at that time writing a poem a day and posting those poems on Facebook. Ken wrote a piercing short poem titled Clown College Failure in response to one of my little 30 in 30s and I started a large canvas in response to his poem, “An Old Man’s Story.”  Do you remember the old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Ads? Saying it was just like that is silly, but tonight I feel silly and I’m going to embrace that.

As the date for my show neared, I approached Ken to see if he would be interested in participating in a larger ekphrastic project, including works from some local painters I admire (Gina Smith Caswell, Rebecca Cuming, Joan Fullerton, Lance Green and Mark Penner Howell) as well as a few of my own. Not only was he up for it, he enlisted two Indianan poet friends, David Dodd Lee and Ross Taylor, to participate as well.

 

Each painting will hang along side its corresponding poem. I could not be more excited for this show. I haven’t seen most of the poetry yet, and one of the paintings will be a surprise to me as well. I love having something to look forward to in these dark times.

I look forward to seeing YOU if you can make it to Zip 37 between February 10 and February 26. The opening reception is Friday, February 10,   5 – 10 and there will be mini-receptions On the following 2 Fridays, Feb. 17 and Feb. 24. Zip is open Thursdays 5- 8, Fridays 5 – 10, Saturdays and Sundays noon – 6.

30 in 30 Day 29 – Joyful Tortoise

Slow and steady wins the race.

JoyfulTortoise

Oil on canvas, 6″ x 6″ Available here.

One more and I am done, however behind I might be.

Emptied out my studio and said goodbye today.

 

30 in 30 Day 23 – Hallelujah

Hallelujah for the specter of a good night’s sleep.

Hallelujah

Oil on canvas board, 5″ x 7″

Available here

I wanted to name our first daughter Hallelujah, because I thought it would be wonderful to yell that name at dusk across the playground when it was time to go home. Frank objected.

 

I wanted to name our second daughter Impunity, so I could run with Impunity, sleep with Impunity, bake cookies with Impunity. Again Frank came at me with his rationality and his compassion for our children… oh well.

 

 

Tomorrow is my last public day at Fresh Art Studio F. I’ll be there from 1 to 4. I doubt anyone else will, as the Broncos will be playing. The week after, I’ll be moving out. I’m ready. We received the news just before Christmas that we were to vacate at the end of January. I’ve had a while for the sadness to settle in, and two of my Fresh Art studio colleagues – all are wonderful  and have come to feel like family to me – have already vacated.

I will probably come home and bawl my head off tomorrow evening.

But that’s ok, too. It’s time to schlep it all out and put it to rest.

30 in 30 Day 21 – The Things You Can’t Remember…

…Tell the Things You Can’t Forget

Oil on stretched canvas, 8″ x 8″

TheThingsYouCantRemember

Available here

30 in 30 Day 16 – Past Imperfect, Future Tense

PastImperfectFutureTense

Oil on stretched canvas, 6″ x 6″

Available here

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30 in 30 day 12- To Market

David Bowie is still dead and I am still losing my studio.

“To Market,” oil on canvas board, 5″ x 7″

ToMarket

Available here.

 

30 in 30 Day 10 – Imaginary Sanctuary

Today’s painting is a bit of hopefulness. “Imaginary Sanctuary,” oil on stretched canvas, 6″ x 6″. I thought about accompanying this with a tune from Westside Story (There’s a Place for Us…. Somewhere… A Place for Us…) but I went with Dave Van Ronk’s brilliant cover of Joni Mitchell’s classic just because I like it better.

ImaginarySanctuary

Available here

And now here’s a really good song.

 

30 in 30 Day 8 – The In-Between Place

The-In-Between-Place

Oil on canvas board, 5″ x 7″.

Available here.

I don’t know that I’m in purgatory, but I’m certainly in an in-between place just now, with the end of the month deadline looming for vacating my studio.

But the Sufjan/Gallant below makes me feel better. Beautiful music is medicine.

 

 

30 in 30 day 7 – On Deaf Ears

I was ahead and now I’m playing catch-up. Funny how quickly that can happen. Day 7’s painting is “On Deaf Ears,” 5″ x 5, oil on stretched canvas.

OnDeafEars

It is available here.

The song below is the best song, in my opinion, from XTC’s brilliant mid-eighties album Skylarking. I think it has held up very well over the years.

 

30 in 30 Day 5 – Flying a Kite

Oil on canvas board, 5″ x 7″

FlyingAKite

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This holiday season I watched the old television production of Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” yet again. It is one of my favorite Christmas stories, and if you haven’t yet read it or listened to it or watched it, I envy you. You’re in for a treat. The closing lines:

And when that happens, I know it. A message saying so merely confirms a piece of news some secret vein had already received, severing from me an irreplaceable part of myself, letting it loose like a kite on a broken string. That is why, walking across a school campus on this particular December morning, I keep searching the sky. As if I expected to see, rather like hearts, a lost pair of kites hurrying toward heaven.

I also love Joanna Newsom’s song, “Flying a Kite.”