Taking a Deep Breath
It’s time to sit back, take a breath, and share with you some of what’s been going on in the studio. When we last visited, I had started on a series of new paintings for Michael Murphy Gallery in Tampa.
In the two weeks since I started that project, I have shipped 16 new pieces out and will be starting on more soon. These paintings are small and are best displayed in multiples, so I like to do several at a time.
While all that was going on, I had just photographed and uploaded the first 8 images of the paintings for documentation. I always send thumbnails of my work on an inventory sheet for the gallery. I managed to get that done, but then soon after that the computer where I kept all my art images and art business files crashed. I had gotten complacent over time and hadn’t backed that one up regularly, and of course I came close to losing the photos of my newest paintings, which were already on a brown truck somewhere between here and the gallery. After a week of hand wringing and sleepless nights on my part, the computer tech pronounced the mother board dead, but thankfully managed to retrieve all of my photos and document files.
I now have a shiny, sleek, brand new laptop. It took a little while, but I’ve installed all my graphics software and copied the files I need onto this one. Whew. I can breathe now! Maybe I’ll sleep better too. And I have learned a very important lesson: Files you may think you could survive without . . . you probably really do need them, and would miss them if they were gone forever.
Meanwhile, back in the studio, shown above is a peek at some of the work I’ve sent to the gallery. Not all of these in this picture are new pieces. They are a mixture of recent ones that haven’t been shown in a gallery before, and some are brand new ones.