Disapointment, Brain Storm, and Otters.
|American Wigeons KS2018|
I won't go into details, but last week I was invited to submit paintings for consideration into a big group show. I had been accepted in other years, against a HUGE pile of applicants. One year, over 16,000 people had submitted work to the same yearly show. I hustled at the last minute to apply, finishing up a painting the evening of the deadline. Taking photos of three pieces, formatting them, getting every detail asked for into the package. I have been looking for someplace to shoot the new work into the spotlight. Someplace really public. This show would fill that bill. OK, you see whats coming, a few days later I got the universally dreaded decline letter. Realistically, when you apply to such shows, you do your best, cross your fingers and send your boat out to sea. If it comes back filled with gold, well, so much the better. The stinking part was not really the decline, but my minds leap to the 'FACT' that I don't have what it takes... I am "over the hill", I am deluded about my work... all that excitement of making the work was probably a late life manic episode or something. Really. Really?
I drug my butt around for a week... did not make any work... developed a stye in my eye, gained 4 pounds... missed a day at the pool.... got into a fight with Craig. OK. I'm over it now. I had to shake a finger at myself... get back into the studio, buy some new supplies, share the work with a friend or two... and update my art release plan. Here is the piece I worked on to finish. Notice the water in the wetland photos here... and the water in this painting....
|Brain Storm unfinished KS2018|
|Brain Storm, Finished KS2018|
My friend Burnell messaged me and said she wanted to go out and see the cold weather birds. We decided to hit the road on Saturday morning, weighed down with coffee, apple slices with nut butter, some assorted sweeties, Cameras, batteries and time. We decided to go to The Yolo Bypass, with rumors of gigantic flocks of Snow Geese on their way out of the Valley. The section of the wetland often reserved for hunting only, was open, so there were more ponds and irrigation ditches for us to check out.
|Cinnamon Teal and Coot KS2018|
|Green Wing Teal KS2018|
|Black Neck Stilt KS2018|
|American Pelicans KS2018|
|Thousands of Snow Geese KS2018|
And looking down....
|Song Sparrow in the pond. KS2018|
|Two of four River Otters KS2018|