Is now july and very hot.
I have not sold anything for 2 months but it has given me the opportunity to try things I would like to do. I have been taking part in #figurejuly on twitter and although not completing something every day have been drawing,then painting figures -trying to show some communication between them.
I have taken photos of people at a distance- so that they are not particularly portraits- but more figures in action. Am now getting to the end of the month and running out of interesting situations. I could I suppose find photos online but its the fact that these are real people that makes it interesting for me.
And my other experiment this month has been playing with a sort of colourist theory. I have always liked paintings in this style and was curious to see what I could do. I am still using a limited palette – but I have changed the colours, Apart from black and white , I am using cadmium yellow (pale) phthalo blue, and vermillion hue. (I added purple in the painting of flowers at my door as I really wanted the flowers to be the colour they are.)
however, I was asked if I wanted to take part in an event in sasso di castaldo next month and have managed to organise myself so that I can do that. It involves going on a train taking paintings with me and staying overnight. I am looking forward to it.
Spurred on by this I changed my painting hanging in vladimiro’s bar in town and on the way back a lady from one of the shops in the piazza offered to put some of my paintings in her window for the feste. I have given her prints to sell to tourists in the meantime.
And I decided to phone the organiser of the market I used to take part in, so am now doing a 2 day market in Pisticci on the 8,9th of August.
My Artist’s Retreat has been booked almost all of the summer, though not neccessarily by artists. I am enjoying meeting so many people and it seems that it is not only me who thinks that Pisticci is special. ( airbnb , artist’s house, pisticci, check out the reviews!)
I am trying to be more businesslike and have now put prices on all my paintings in my studio/gallery and have made about 40 prints and mounted them. (after I had a group of about 20 tourists visit!) Hopefully there will be some more….
My plan for the next few weeks is then to create as many paintings as possible so that I have some new work to take to the market.