As much as I enjoy the holidays I'm glad to get back to a regular routine. Perhaps due to all of the visualizing for the future, goal setting and planning, by the time New Years is over I can't wait to get to it and at the same time it seems like nothing is where it is supposed to be - or even where I dropped it when the holidays started. I've spent far too many hours this week pursuing activities like tracking down errant sketches, tubes of paint, and my supply of kneaded erasers. I was happy during the hunt to find the #4 staples I was looking for a month or so ago. In addition I have two new kittens (one of which is pictured above) meaning I've had to spend some time hiding electrical wires, rearranging furniture, and chasing down the dust bunnies kicked up in all the fun. So it has been a week of ironing out little bumps and stepping over tiny hurdles. I did begin to plan my November exhibition on paper, which I'll post more about next week. I also made a list of the X number of paintings I'd like to do this year, put a little thought into some new studio habits I'd like to develop (starting with scraping the center of the palette clean every day), and have had some day dreams about places where I might like to travel for inspiration.
From San Diego to Vancouver, 100 Artists of the West Coast II covers 100 artists with over 400 full color photographs of their work. The collection includes art from private as well as public collections and installations, including the collections of LACMA, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art New York, and the New York Public Library to name just a few. I'm happy to be included.