Wednesday, January 31, 2007

enough

maybe i do have enough work
These past few days have been the final push for my upcoming show... i work Thursday through Sunday this week and realistically will be physically exhausted from it to make much headway.

i've been a bit freaking out about the logistics of getting my work to LA. Crate it? Send it? Just take what fits in my suitcase? Buy frames in LA so they don't break? Mama mia. Every artist goes through this when they have a show away from home, I know.

I realize I have a bit of a relationship with my paintings where I feel bad when I think about leaving certain ones behind. Especially when they are too big. It reminds me of a book I read when I was littler: Tales of a Fifth Grade Nothing.... or Blubber by Judy Blume. Loved her. Freckle Juice, Superfudge... and then there was Are You There God It's Me Margaret and one that a little more *advanced* where she loses her virginity, or contemplates it at least. Remember the title?

My point being there was a story I read that resonated with me about a mother with her 2 seater corvette where she could only fit her skinny child in it. That was not my story, but I was overly tall (I'm only 5'9, but cannot remember a taller girl in my class) and most photos from about 3rd grade to Senior year I can be found bending my knees to fit in with my shorter friends. Or slouching. Ahh. And I played the trombone, which made me extra tall and gangly getting on the bus. My sister was smart enough to play the dainty flute.

MY point is that I feel bad about my paintings that are too big to come down to LA with me. A little pang. Sorry kiddos. hopefully there will be other shows!
the ones that stay behind

I am feeling so alive these last few days in an unprecedented way (or maybe it's just the extra coffee!). I think my work is feeling more like me. I'm mixing my teenage like doodles with painterly paint and bringing my history and memories and love of the pop and folk and color to boot. I hope you will like what I make, too.

13 comments:

jenifer74 said...

congratulations on all the work! hopefullly you will have a local show soon so i can come peruse all the pretties!

kelly said...

i am drooling....please please please take pictures and post them of all the girlies at the show.
i wish i lived close - oh to go to the girly show!

happy thursday!

risa said...

yay! i can leave a comment. your works looks really beautiful. i love love love all the brilliant colors. i am going to send all of my LA friends to the show...i only wish i could go too!

Swirly said...

I am so excited to see these creations in person!!

la vie en rose said...

i can't imagine not lovin' what you make...

and i love how tenderhearted you are towards your art...awww....

Anonymous said...

Was the Judy Bloom title Forever?

Looks as if you are doing very well! Congratulations on the show!

Best wishes,
Katherine

(any childrens books in the works?)

Anonymous said...

oops. Blume.

KT

Kristina said...

I don't just *like* your art - I LOVE it! The bits you showed on Flickr are amazing. Love the colors and shapes ;o)
Good luck in L.A.

Mary Richmond said...

good luck with your show--i'm across the country but it's nice to get a peek at your work--looks wonderful and enchanting

leslie said...

please give me more info on where you will be, i planned on going to reform school next saturday, maybe i can visit you too?

Stef said...

have a great time at the show - your work is fabulous! Wish I could be there to see all you girls work...truly beautiful!

xoxox

Jodie said...

I loved Judy Blume. Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great was one of my favourites, and I loved Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. My Mum never liked me reading them as she thought they were too old for me, so I would sneak out to the library alone and stock up on a few. Thanks for reminding me of those memories!

deb said...

Matie, I am so inspired by your new work and wish I could be at the opening! Congrats from your beehive pal Deb! alot of feeling!