Last month the annual Christmas art show at the Seippel Center was hung. The center is in Beaver Dam and will display the show until the end of this month. I have a few things on display, mostly small paintings and some cards. Next year I plan to have much more. I am steadily trying to get more paintings finished. I have a tendency to start 4 or 5 and then get hung up with one, go to the next, become inspired with another. Its a process and with the year of working of the house, the move and making sure Jack stays well.. there is little time. I need a New Year's resolution on focusing. I have a wonderful studio space upstairs and after the holidays I will be posting some new images on here. I have decided to change medium for my larger compositions. I will be painting them in oil, not colored pencil. I started out an oil painter in the 70's and gave it up because I got cancer after exposure to silk screen solvents in a poorly ventilated studio at the UW of Whitewater. 4 students got cancer that had worked in that studio, 2 died. Thankfully there is more awareness now on how dangerous the chemicals we work with are. Artists tend to take risks for the sake of art. I did also. Unfortunately it scared me away from painting. I never did like the feel of acrylics. The pencils were fun until I realized the hours of burnishing the pencil layers was becoming painful for my hands and wrists. I love the pencil, line the sharpness of it. But I also love the paint. I have 5 large paintings in process and am very excited about posting the finished work soon. I also am having fun painting my old farm animals and some landscapes. These are more painterly and really a lot of fun.
I will try to update more often. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.
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