The show at Cafe Pichilingue in Red Deer is set up, scheduling talks with a gallery to get representation, show openings of friends, finishing the last 4 book covers for the "Living Library" series, going through old clothes, training for a 10k race in Banff on the 26 and wrapping up the drawings for the University of Lethbridge....and for some reason 31 days STILL seems like a long bloody time until I go on my trip. I'm good at eating elephants though...just a little bite at a time!
Last night was first Friday in Red Deer...and for those of you who don't know what that is, it's when all the galleries in the downtown area have the openings for their newest exhibits. They are open later so you can gallery hop, visit, and see all the great new works for sale. It's one of the many things I miss about Red Deer. Sometimes it's the only time you get to see your other artist friends. We all become hermits and work away and then come out to play and show off the fruits of our labors (for those of us having shows). I spent the night in Red Deer and this morning had the privilege of perusing one of my favorite galleries in Red Deer, the Gallery IS. There was a lot of new and fantastic works and I couldn't wait to get home after to get into the studio! So much color, so many varying styles, so many stellar techniques! It's kind of overwhelming to see and really inspiring at the same time. I have a lot of exceedingly talented friends who are pursuing their passion to create whenever they get the chance...even if it's just a couple of hours here and there. Any time you devote to what you love hones your skill and sometimes I get discouraged if I only have an hour to work on something or go through my pictures to find the next thing I want to paint. But that hour or 15 minutes you have really does count. That is why this painting took so long to finish. I just had a bit of time here and there...but it's colorful and lovely and is a great representation of a part of Alberta that I love. I hope that comes across to you when you look at it.
I also hope your long weekend -the last long weekend of the summer- was super swell.