"Shadow Dancer" ............... oil ............... 30" x 30"
Shadow Dancer is one of my favorite roses in our garden, with its vivid, deep and light pink striped, profuse blooms.
To those of you who read and comment on my blog, you have no idea how much you mean to me. Some days you're my reason for getting up in the morning. It's been a very up and down month: Partly due to the nature of the month of March and it's mood swings from sunny 70's to blizzardy 20's. Partly due to world events (says the hermit. Is Mercury in retrograde Again already??). Partly due to ongoing life transitions.
So, which do you want first, the good news of the bad news? Those in favor of getting the bad news out of the way first win today, in my imaginary hand count. I lost another graphic design client yesterday; I was dumped in favor of someone younger and trendier and supposedly more cost efficient. I'm actually somewhat relieved as the client was difficult to deal with on a number of levels. But that makes 3 this year; at this rate I'll be out of the G.D. (read that anyway you want) business within 6 months. While I'd really rather paint, and have been focusing all my effort on that, keeping some sort of semi-regular pay coming in without having to leave the studio is comforting on many levels.
Now the good news: Thanks to a very good artist friend of mine I am in my first out-of-state venues. I shipped some paintings to Maine, some of which will find their way to South Carolina. The first week in the store, the painting above sold (!). Another good friend of mine, also a graphic designer/going-to-be-a-painter tells me "It's the universe's way of telling you to get over it and get painting."
So while I'm in a bit of an upheaval (and have been for months) I'm grateful to the kind notes I see in my inbox each day. Big Hugs to you all. (Everything's going to be OK, isn't it?)