QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.”
– James Oppenheim
TASTE OF ST. LOUIS
The countdown until the Taste of St. Louis is less than two weeks, and I’m oddly grateful for the tight deadline because it is really pushing me to focus and be productive. It’s definitely not a long term strategy, but it came at a good time since I just eclipsed the six month mark of being my own boss. So, what all have I been doing? Well, for starters, not working out and not riding my bike (hence not a long term strategy) and not reading much of anything except art books. I’ve been sketching, taking and comparing reference photographs, and creating color and value studies (lights/darks) for what will become final watercolors. I’m almost always working on some sort of commission, so it’s unusual for me to have free reign over what to paint and how to paint it. My pieces for this show require A LOT of planning, and I’m finding it harder to decide what not to paint since there is so much inspiration around me. The other plus side to this challenge is it boosts my inventory of ideas since I won’t have the time to execute everything in mind.
For being such loyal followers, here’s a sneak preview detail of one my newest paintings. You’ll have to stop by the show or wait until it’s over to see the rest of it 🙂 The event is September 28-30 in Soldiers’ Memorial downtown (12th and Market).