Getting Excited About My Solo Exhibit!

"Floating Islands" Oil on canvas Triptych, 36" x 12" © 2009 Marilyn Fenn“Floating Islands”
Oil on canvas
Triptych, 36″ x 12″
© 2009 Marilyn Fenn

In eight days, I will be greeting friends and fans at my solo show at Bay6 Gallery in East Austin. I am really looking forward to that moment!

Getting ready for this has been an amazing process.  Doing all the necessary organizational stuff besides trying to paint every moment that I can for weeks and weeks and weeks, that is.

I sent out email invitations to most of the people I know; and Bay6 has also invited a large number of folks.  We’ve notified people via email, Facebook, Twitter, EventBrite, Eventful and word-of-mouth, and we may be expecting a great turnout!  I picked up my beautifully printed postcards today from Tom at ipgprint.com; I will be mailing those tomorrow.  Plans are set for music, food and drink, and we will start to hang the show next week.  I owe some responses to emails and blog commenters, which I will try to get to as soon as my mental energy rolls in that direction.

I will keep painting right up until the last minute; though I will have to switch from oils to acrylics and/or encaustic tomorrow or Sunday. And I still have to pick up some frames, add wires to the backs of my latest pieces, sign them, print all the bits that need printing, etc.

I just spent about three hours adding a few of my recent pieces to a new gallery page, The E Word.  I may still work on some of those paintings, and I’ll have to reshoot the one shown here — the true colors are not really coming through on the screen.

In addition to what you see on the The E Word gallery page, I’ll have work in the show from earlier this year and some from last year.  I should actually have many paintings in the show, from very small to pretty large, and quite a few in-between.

I still want to paint about four-five new pieces, and I have two more in progress to complete; and then I’d like to paint another five-six 6″x6″ canvases…in the next two-three days.  OK, I doubt I will actually get that much done; perhaps I suffer from an excess of optimism and enthusiasm at this point.

But, it is strangely thrilling to have this looming deadline — it gives me the freedom to say “No” to almost everything else, and it is just the berries to be able to spend so much time (mostly) painting!  Speaking of which, back to the easel!  Hope to see you at the show!

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