This month I’m participating in the 2016 Bangor Art Society Member Show and tonight I was awarded a 1st place ribbon in the ‘other’ category. Other is glass, pottery, mixed media etc… anything that is not drawing, oils, acrylics, watercolor, pen and ink or photography. This is my very first win of a ribbon!! I’m excited : )
Well, I found myself in a bit of a crunch for time. You see, I have applied for a fine art cooperative which juries in February (yeah this month!!) and I don’t really have a ‘body of work’ to show. I had forgotten just how long oil paint takes to dry and so PANIC ensued!!! Fear not I thought… Acrylics!!! Now, I have never painted in acrylics before except some denim jackets long long ago ….. but off to the store I went and bought a ton of colors…. and WOW holy moly does this stuff dry fast! I am saved! It’s not the same, and my true love is oil .. but hey…it’s not bad!!
So here is an image of the 2nd painting I’ve done in 30 years, in acrylics!
So as I mentioned, I have not painted in about 30 years but recently got the urge. I always painted in oils before and so my first in all these years is also in oils. It was frightening to pick up the brushes and stare at that white canvas and, I admit, I procrastinated for awhile before I committed brush to surface. For me, this is a new adventure in learning how to paint again. I’m no longer that 20something, recently graduated girl who majored in painting and sculpture. I’ve changed, and so has what I see when I look at the world through the eyes of a painter. But as I reconnect brush to canvas, that student of the arts stirs; while I find my vision may have changed, I also still retain much of how I once felt when I paint. My paintings will be both similar to my older work.. and different…much as I am similar to that young girl…. and yet… different.
Join me as I grow, experiment, learn and explore….