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This past month was very eventful. I began it by finishing up some personal projects that I had begun over the summer, and applying for 3 or 4 shows. I completed one painting, “The Eve of Your Labors” and got quite far on another painting that I had also begun in the summer (I’m not sure that this other piece is complete yet). It was a good thing that I finished “Eve” because I was able to show her at Muńeca Arthouse for their second annual open call, “Monster”, the opening of which was successful. I got a lot of good feedback from artists that I highly respect.
"The Eve of Your Labors"
Left: Me standing with "Eve" at the opening of "Monster" at Muńeca Arthouse 10/26/19
Right: Fellow Resident Artist, Sam Neukirch in front of her work in "monster" at Muńeca Arthouse, 10/26/19
During the month of October, whereas I did not take so many classes for my residency, I found myself teaching a children’s class there. This is something that I haven’t done in years. I enjoyed myself immensely. The children were aged 3-6, all girls, and an absolute pleasure to teach. There were six classes, once a week, and I hope that I am able to work with them again in the future.
I also had the pleasure of doing a live painting event in Walt Whitman Mall. This is something that I was scared to do (and never thought that I could do). So, when I was asked to do it, I said “yes”. I enjoyed myself, although I was interrupted several times by onlookers and young people with questions (which was the best part!). There was one person who kept coming over and standing about 18 inches behind me, just in my peripheral vision, who I found to be...unnerving. In any event, I had a good time and would consider doing it again.
Currently untitled painting that I worked on during the live paint event
To be honest, I’m glad that I took some time away from classes this month. I’m not sure that I would have had the energy to enter as many shows, or complete the projects that I had. I am not sure that I would have been as open to the constructive criticism that I [asked for] received at the last opening. The reason for this is that October is the month in which my father died 6 years ago and I tend to have an energy slump in anticipation of the day. Two or three days later I’m fine, just the build up sucks.
In closing of this blog post I will say that I am glad that October has happened, and I am also glad that it’s over. I’m left feeling excited about the future, both immediate and further on. That being said, I’m going to go into my studio now and worry about things.