Saturday, January 22, 2011

Bigger Projects and Looming Deadlines

With the temperature outside hovering near 0°F, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition looms on the horizon and I'm working at a fevered pitch. My inventory of original paintings is swelling and I just need one or two more to round it out. Those additional pieces need to be completed soon, as there is framing to choose and title plates to order... each taking a couple of weeks. The deadline for Birds In Art is also just a couple of months away, so my current work is with that exhibit in mind as well. These are good days to stay indoors and paint, though my spirit (as well as Otis the Wonder Dog) craves some time outside. Winter got an early start this year and hasn't given us much of a break here in western Pennsylvania, so bouts with the shack nasties (a.k.a. cabin fever) may also be as rough as the weather.

Today, I have a painting ("Abandoned Spring House") on the easel I've been working on sporadically for several months. It's 15x23, fairly large relative to many of my recent projects. It's also very complicated. I'm making good progress and I hope to have it completed soon... but some paintings have a mind of their own. We shall see...

3 comments:

Jen said...

I want to see this one.

Cher' Shots said...

I love your detailed work. Do you have a date for the "Birds of Art" in Wausau, Wi yet? We love going there but I didn't see a 2011 date listed on thier site yet.

Jim Bortz said...

Cher, I do not know the specific dates for BIA yet, but it's usually the weekend after Labor Day. I hope I'm lucky enough to have a painting selected again this year.