Friday, March 27, 2009

Lent and the internet, and an update

We're currently in the season of Lent in the church year, and this year I decided to use the internet less as my Lenten discipline. I was going to give up refined sugar, but then our priest mentioned how part of the purpose of Lent is to simplify our lives in order to make more room for God as we prepare for Easter, and it struck me that I've let the internet take over a bit too much lately. So I decided to simplify by limiting it.

It wouldn't have been very practical for me to give it up completely for the entirety of Lent (40+ days), so I decided to become more aware of how and why I use it by only allowing myself to sign on 2 or maybe 3 times a day (instead of checking it compulsively every hour or so), and then only with a clear idea of what I wanted to accomplish while I was there. I've still got a little over a week left of Lent, but so far it seems to have been a very good idea to do this and I'm pretty sure I'll still be doing it long after Lent is over.

In other news…
untitled (tentatively "New York Memories"), acrylic on canvas, 30" x 40", ©2009

I've managed to complete a few more paintings, including this large one. It felt good to paint big again. I don't have a title for it yet, but this one feels like some of my impressions of New York City are expressing themselves.

Three of my paintings (here, here, and here) were accepted into SOPA Fine Art's Under 8 Event in Kelowna, BC Canada. The show opens on April 2nd and will be my first international show! I wish I could be there for the opening, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

the madness of art

untitled so far, acrylic on canvas, 15" x 30", ©2009

"We work in the dark–we do what we can–we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art." -Henry James

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

New work - finally!

I finally completed these two paintings - the first in about a month that I feel good about (the photos aren't so great, but I'll retake them later). They're each 9" x 12" (no title has come to me yet), and I picture them hanging together side-by-side, though they each stand alone just fine. And so far I'm pretty happy with the canvas currently on my easel. Can you hear my sigh of relief?

The weather is also turning around (for now at least) and there's a strong sense that spring is right around the corner. Renewal is in the very atmosphere.