Tuesday, August 17, 2010
HIMSELF circa '93
pastel on paper
In the new beginning/cleaning process, everything is coming off the walls, even himself! I'm going to get it professionally framed finally. When we hooked up back in '92, I worked exclusively in pastel. I loved working with them but stuck with them primarily because painting in oil still frightened me at the time.
Since we share roughly the same level of ability there was a lot of sparring going on back in the day. I came home from shopping one day to find him hard at work on a pastel portrait of me that was stunning...the work, not me. I love it and it still hangs in the living room. However, I needed to answer his call with my own study of him and this is the result. He was tan from the summer sun, sitting at the dining room table, drawing happily with a glass of chardonnay by his side. More detail than you needed, but it was a nice moment and I wanted to wax poetic.
I'm finishing up my submission for this month's art meeting (it's late, the meeting was Saturday) in-between cleaning. I'm still overwhelmed but feeling very optimistic and anticipating a lot of positive results from all of this upheaval. We find ourselves actually walking by the studio and the store room just to glance in and feel their calmly uncluttered quiet. Ahh.