Artisans Hand has just had its celebration for 33 years. I worked a long shift on Friday after getting signs made and postcards posted. Friday was down in sales, but I heard yesterday felt like Christmas; we do have many customers who count on us for gifts and really enjoy our 20% discount for our anniversary. We rely on these faithful customers too.
But let's get to paintings. I went to my studio many days this past week because I had scheduled an interview with Marc Awodey for Saturday. He writes for Seven Days and also Art New England and the interview was for the regional Art New England who wants their reviews ahead of time so it comes out when the show is up not after the fact. I will be hanging my solos show at SPA in the 3rd floor space in late January through February. It's called "What Lies Beneath". I have been building a collection of paintings which have fabric and other materials embedded in wax. The painting above has strips of raw silk as remnants from a jacket embedded in Dorlands Wax Medium because I had run out of my beeswax/copal mix while in Maine. I find painting over the raw silk quite delicious...sometimes the dyed portions become the coloration or mix with it. This painting is firming up in these last painting sessions.
So, what lies beneath our hard work ethic is also a great wonderment of the beauty of our surroundings and an appreciation of it which we then bring into our work. A circle.
As always blessings to readers, writers, painters, and family who travel here with me. Be well.