Okay – I am sorry to do the blogging equivalent of leaving the fairy lights up a week too long…
We took down the exhibition (see Prepping) on Sunday December 22nd. In some ways it was a relief, since thinking about and feeding the “beast” had been a time-consuming endeavor. But it had also been exciting, gratifying and gave a sense of purpose to painting – go on, I will admit it – I enjoyed having an audience! Mark’s wistful photo says it all!
I had noticed a tailing off of my own activity in the couple of weeks before closing the show and by the 23rd I was convinced I had “painter’s block”. Why bother if the destination is a cupboard?
Then, on Christmas Eve, the sun was out and it felt right and I think I did one of my better paintings of the year.
A great, optimistic way to end 2019, even if on so many other levels the new year did not seem so bright. Here is hoping that, in this little corner of my life, 2020 is positive and productive, and in the bigger picture, much, much better than anticipated.