Sometimes, I do other stuff besides write and draw for this blog. Or work. Or clean the house. Sometimes I make Art-with-a-capital-A. I show it in galleries, I win the occasional award, I stand around at art shows drinking wine and eating sushi and stuff. Before I get to the sushi, I have to create the stuff, print it if it’s a photograph, mat it and frame it and attach a hanger to it. Then I have to cart it around, pay an entry fee or some such, wait, and finally see it hanging on a wall with other people looking at it and hopefully admiring it and even more hopefully buying it.
It hasn’t been easy to do all this these past few years, because cancer-related fatigue had me in its grip for so long. And making Art-with-a-capital-A takes a lot of energy and money, both of which were in short supply for months on end. I wondered if I could even see that way anymore, in that Art-with-a-capital-A way. But finally, thanks to two of my bestest sistahs, I got to get out of town last fall, visit with each of them, bring my camera, and explore a few beautiful places. And I found that I still could see the world like an artist, which was a huge relief. It was like discovering that one of my senses, which I thought had stopped working, was suddenly alive again.
Early this year, after an eighteen-month hiatus from the whole Art-with-a-capital-A world, I decided to get my feet in the water and placed a photograph from one of those trips in an art show. And it won an award! [see my earlier post, New Beginnings.] I was back!! Then, one of my art buddies, the gallery director at a local art association, contacted me earlier this year to invite me to participate in an invitational art show this June. It was just the kick in the butt I needed to get down, play with Photoshop and make some more Art.
The images below are the ones that will be in the show. They will appear at the South County Art Association from June 9th through July 2nd. The opening will be on Thursday evening, June 9th, from 7 to 9 p.m., with refreshments, and you’re all invited. I’ve developed the photos to look the way I want them to, got my matboard, my foamcore, my glass, my frames, and my photo paper. Now I’ve got to get printing, matting and framing! So, if you don’t hear from me for the next week or two, you’ll know why!
Interiors — A study of intimate light.
The first four images were taken at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. The last two were taken in the cupola at Captain Lord’s Mansion, a glorious bed-and-breakfast in Kennebunkport, Maine. I gotta say, I love New England. And, if you can’t come and see the show in person, I hope you will enjoy this slice of New England in the gallery below. For a little added verisimilitude, you can even pour yourself a glass of wine and nibble on your favorite snack while you’re looking.
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