The new year has already been a busy one for me. Back in October, I scheduled an exhibition at a local coffee shop, and I have been busy recently making and preparing new work. I already had quite a bit from an exhibition that I had a year ago, so I supplemented some older pieces with some smaller, newer pieces. The piece above is an 11"x14" piece using watercolor, watercolor pencil, graphite, and colored pencil. It is a continuation of my Excavation series.
This piece is part of a new series - Palimpsests. I was introduced to the idea of a palimpsest in Patti Digh's book Creativity is a Verb
. A palimpsest is an ancient manuscript, usually a parchment, that has been reused where the original text has been scraped off, washed off, or erased, and a new text has been written on top. Fortunately for future generations, some of the original text shows through, and experts have been able to recover some if not all of the original text. The word palimpsest has come to mean anything where there are evident layers. I felt like this definition was a perfect description of my art.
Today, I hung thirteen pieces at King Street Coffee
in Leesburg, VA. I'll post photos of the exhibition at a later date. But in the meantime, if you are in Leesburg, stop by. My work will be on display from now until the end of February.
The official Artist Reception will be Friday, February 4, as part of Leesburg's First Friday Gallery Walk from 6-9 p.m.
I also have a piece of art hanging in a current show, Center Pieces, at the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville, VA. See Steve Loya's post
- he also has a piece on display. The Center Pieces exhibition will be on display through the end of the month.
So, it has been an artful new year thus far. Here's hoping that it will continue.