Friday, July 5, 2013

Back in Business

Before I moved to Chicago, I purposely did not maintain frame inventory and for several months I was unable to paint new work. I had sold most of my small encaustic paintings and was grateful I had less to move. Now that I am back to painting finally yesterday I found my way to an IKEA where I was able to purchase over 20 shadowbox frames. I have yet to find a better, economical option for framing.

I am also starting to look for gallery opportunities but without the work there is no point.

New inspiration, one street over -
"West Oakdale"
2.5" x 3.5" mixed media on panel

And the not-so-beautiful view from my desk -

"Brick Wall"
 2.5" x 3.5" mixed media on panel

City living will definitely influence what I paint, (although this time of year the flowers and greenery are everywhere). I am attracted to fire escapes, brick, and angles.

In the past few weeks I have also attended two different art openings, started the challenge of networking in a new city, and admit I miss being a big fish in a small pond. This is the first 4th of July weekend in many years that I am not actively participating in the Marblehead Festival of Arts and it feels strange, maybe that's why I am blogging on a Friday night.


  1. Transitions are always tough but our minds kept open will lead to acceptance to the new world and to make the most of it. Easier said than done, I haven't been able to do after nearly 2 years of shifting my base:-)
    Love your works, especially the brick wall is beautiful, you made it so interesting with your creativity.

  2. The odd thing for me is that everywhere I've lived, I've missed the previous place more than I like the new place. It sounds like you know how to network and you'll ferret out all the new places and people that will make this a fabulous new home for you. I have the courage to make a big move but the networking is not something I've ever been good at.

    I love the colorful top scene especially!

  3. I do love this brick wall. I think Chicago will like the way you portray her.

  4. I am still having trouble finding routines and there is so much new inspiration - things to see, places to photograph, make time to paint, and finding places to show work. I don't mind transitions, padmaja, but it does take time. Networking is a crucial part of my professional presence, Sherry, maybe it's not so much for other artists. Hallie, I never thought of Chicago as female but it does make the connection even stronger!

  5. I'm with Hallie. I love both of these but the brick wall has major character!
    Chicago is lucky to have you Robin.

  6. I keep hoping I will want to paint more brick buildings, Pam, but so far it's only been the green that's caught my eye! Thanks for the comment.