For an eternity, it seems, my painting career has been compromised by my grilled cheese membership in the sandwich generation. Genuine teen angst faced by those of the younger generation in my household, and the chronic health issues, and subsequent death of those in the older one, gave me little time to pause for breath, nevertheless paint.
However, , thanks to my commitment to be in the art fair, Art-09, in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in June, I did somehow pull through and manage to create new work. It is amazing how financial pressure & a deadline will inspire, isn't it?
And thanks to all the attention one of those paintings received (Stop and Go on the Credit), even though it did not sell at the time , in the fall I made the decision it was worthy of a quality frame. This meant, up to Four Sticks Framing - owned by the very accomplished painter Jim Reid (formally framed for the AGO & McMichael) - at the Williams Mill Visual Arts Centre.
After choosing an exquisite little cherry veneer frame (Stop and Go immediately sold!) I popped down the little stairs by Jim's studio to the lower level of the big stone building to check out the The Red Pig Studio . I have enjoyed reading the blog of this studio's owner - found object assemblage sculptor and painter, Carmen Hickson. I thought I might like to meet this unique artist and see her work in person.
To my surprise, the one very large studio was now two - Carmen's studio on one side and the other empty. Well, long story short - after a couple of hours of animated conversation with Carmen, and an email to the mill's owner, I was the proud occupant of that empty studio space beside The Red Pig Studio.
Just in time - my art work was included the Williams Mill Gallery "Big Art, Small Works" show (I think I have now sold four!), and my studio was included in the Christmas Open House weekend, where the owners of Georgetown's Main Street Inn toured my studio & invited me to include work in their Christmas Exhibit.
So after, what can only be described as a couple of years " Annus horribilis" I am suddenly...
...grateful to be back painting, grateful to have my studio in this unique artist centre, grateful for all the wonderful and inspiring artists I have as neighbors. Grateful, as well, to all my clients- you let me continue to make art. And, although it has taken hindsight to admit so, grateful that I had the strength, good health and fortitude, to have been there for those I love when they needed it most. My life of art wasn't sacrificed as I feared, but simply waiting in the wings for my return.
Wishing you a New Year full of hope, happiness, and good health - i.e. a 2010 to be grateful for!