July 23, 2013

Chillaxing with the dark side

I usually try and stave off the postpartum show depression until AFTER the show, but it's always good to be prepared a month or two in advance, so here I sit drumming up worst-case scenarios such as no one showing up at either opening. Which would be a damn shame because in addition to an amazing body of work, I found a variegated dress my mom knit in the 70's that will be perfect to wear. Other variations of angst include thinking I could have worked even more on the paintings, detailing them into infinity, or adding another 20 layers containing shifts of hue so subtle that only the highly perceptive will notice. This is what happens when you have perfectionist issues and work alone. There's always some detail that could be tweaked. Always. And then there's the 'What's next?' issue to contend with. Now what? What's next? Are we there yet? For a process-based painter, I can get pretty wrapped up in anticipating the Next Big Thing. Ironic, no? Not as ironic as the chick texting during meditation practice last night, but close.

Meanwhile, here is a sneak peek of one of the paintings that will be in the show, Shell Game, opening August 24th at Tinney Contemporary with the opening reception on Saturday September 7th. 
Mary Addison Hackett, Spin, 2013
acrylic on canvas over panel
30 x 22 inches


Carla said...

The smooth surface of your ground adds a weird sensory effect. More accurately, what you did working on that particular ground has a distinct sensational effect. I love this painting.

Elaine Mari, Painter and Drawer said...

I like how you spelled peek right. I've seen it spelled wrong 3 times today. Not that I'm a spelling expert, but i did catch myself spelling it wrong a few days ago and now I see everybody's mistakes.

In other news, Art is hell.

M.A.H. said...

Thank you, Carla. It was interesting. I just finished uploaded them all (10, counting the skunk) to a hidden page on my website- just to get a clear view of them and some distance. I'm just now figuring them out.

Elaine. My nemesis is 'anwser.' <-see. NEVER, have I spelled that right the first time unless I say it out loud phonetically. The "e's in 'peek' always looks like 2 eyes peeking to me.