Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy

I realize that I have not been posting much here lately but that's not because I've not been painting!  Granted, my production rate this summer is less than I would like but that will happen from time to time. 

I am a firm believer in a well-rounded approach to health and I think that there are 3 factors which produce a healthy human being: physical health, intellectual health, and spiritual health.  I view painting as my means for building spiritual health and I have a day job that promotes good intellectual health.  For the past couple of years as I have been working hard at developing my painting skills, I have let my physical health be put on the back burner somewhat, at least relative to the amount of physical activity I got several years ago.  So for a good bit of this year, I have been re-engaging in a good deal of physical activity by mountain biking, road cycling, and running.  I intend one day to carry painting supplies with me on longer rides and when I see something interesting, I can stop and spend some time painting it.  But for now, I am focused on going as fast and as far as I can.

As I said, I have still been painting and completing paintings.  I have several paintings completed that I need to photograph and post and I hope to get to that soon.  Below are some recent and some not so recent pieces being framed and readied for a show I have coming up in October!

My solo show is at the Van Buren Center for Art and Education in Van Buren, Arkansas and runs from October 7th through the 25th. 

I find the act of framing to be a solemn occassion.  It is almost like preparing to see one's children go forth into the world.  On the one hand, you are proud to see them go out on their own but afraid of how much you will miss them.  Then there is always the inherent fear they will come back to you.  I think framing one's own work is something every artist should do from time to time.