2016 Summer Studio Tour, 8/27 & 8/28

It's a beautiful sweltering August day and and it is hot, I mean HOT in my studio. The thin layers of acrylic paint that I am carefully applying to 40 new paintings are drying so fast that most of them end up being a do over. Make that several do overs. Finally I just dunk the paintings in a sink full of cold water and voila! that extra moisture buys me a precious minute or two to get the paint on the panel with time to make a decision about composition before it dries. It's tedious, but with only two weeks to go until Summer Open Studio Tour, I press on.

I know that I am not alone, that this scenario, in one form or another, is taking place in studios all over the island. It's the mad rush to finish ambitious bodies of work, clean out and clean up (!) studios, and welcome visitors to our inner sanctum. For me, this tour is always the debut of a new body of work. The weeks leading up to the tour are full of excitement, followed by challenges, a touch of despair, a pinch of desperation (usually 48 hours before the tour when I realize some paintings are 49 hours away from completion) and a heaping dose of relief and satisfaction when somehow it always comes together.

Save the dates: Saturday and Sunday August 27 and 28 10:00am to 5:00pm. Once again, I will have lots of great things to share with you including 40 new paintings, an encaustic painting station for those who want to dabble (Sunday only), workshop registration for fall acrylic and encaustic workshops, and delicious food and beverages to enjoy while you are perusing the art. See you on the 27th and 28th!