Willy Wonka: But Charlie, don't forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he always wanted.
Charlie Bucket: What happened?
Willy Wonka: He lived happily ever after.
This about sums up how I'm feeling these days. Fall colors are at their peak, my children are happily embedded in school and I have long stretches of time to spend in the studio. On warm days I keep my south-facing door open to the warm sun and the spicy smells of foliage and rhythmic calls of grasshoppers drift in and out of my consciousness while I paint.
I may go back to water, but I'm trying some small canvases inspired by a fall hike on the Cottonwood Trail off the Pierce Stocking Drive. So far I like the immediacy of working small, it forces me to not overthink it and just let it happen. Hopefully I'll have some of these ready for my solo show at the East Lansing Public Library, November 1-30, reception Sunday November 2, 1:30-3:30.
I'm once again this year donating a painting and volunteering for the Art for Charlie Art Show & Auction, Thursday, November 13, 2014 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the Marriott at University Place, East Lansing, Michigan. The painting, Along Alligator Hill Trail, is of fungus growing on a log. It's a special painting to me as it is one of the first I did when I resumed my painting career almost three years ago. It also represents the growth and beauty that can come out of and despite death, and the continuation of life beyond tragedy and loss.