There are a couple of reasons why this feels like it is meant to be. For one reason, earlier this year, I took Stephanie Levy's e-course Creative Courage and she encouraged us to write our goals and one of my goals was to pursue having a solo exhibit of my work in a gallery by 2013 but I didn't know how it would ever happen, because I don't have time to submit to these types of exhibits. Another reason this is so interesting to me is because when I was a high school senior and looking at colleges, I took a brochure from William Woods college and drew this really cool photo of these college students sitting in front of this beautiful, tall, arched window. I still have it somewhere in the recesses of my basement! I will post it if I ever find it. Lastly, I noticed that this summer, that one of my college professors from Mizzou had an exhibit at William Woods, so I decided that was the third a final sign I needed to know that this was the right decision for me. This professor gave me advice on drawing trees that still comes to me every time I work on a tree painting.
This summer, we visited Ben's mom and I went over to the college to meet Jennifer, view the gallery, measure and take pictures. I wanted to create an entire body of work for this exhibit. I still don't have a title for the exhibit and time is ticking. I need about 30 paintings by the time I am ready to hang in February of 2013. Daunting? Yes, but I love having this goal. When it is all finished, I will have plenty of paintings to sell during art fair season. I also decided instead of having the show be solo, that I would invite a glass artist to exhibit with me. My friend Sharon Spillar recommended Chris McCarthy, owner of Park Avenue Glass. His work is so beautifully unique and I felt that our work would look really great together.
I am beginning a countdown for getting my paintings finished to keep myself motivated and on track. So far, I have six finished, four in progress and 20 to go. I had two finished, but I took them to Memphis and sold them. I couldn't help it! I need the work to take with me!
Wish me luck!