Today I drove to the Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River. The trip to Hood River is always beautiful...it looked extra wintery during the late morning and the Gorge looked like Canada. The Gallery is being readied for the next show (Drawing for Drawing sake). I'm looking forward to seeing that exhibit, my painting friend Todd Smith is participating.
Great News!....I learned that two of my paintings were SOLD in the Columbia Art Gallery Small Works show (thank you Columbia Art Gallery and painting purchasers)!
When I got back home I searched for a painting to paint over. You know, I really enjoy sanding down an old painting and painting a new one over it. Half the fun of it is finding some horrible old painting to "get rid of." It's liberating! I found this copy (below) that I painted a couple of years ago of Mary Cassatt's "Girl in a Straw Hat." (Really...what am I supposed to do with this thing!?) I had my sandpaper poised to sand her ..when she turned her little sad sack eyes on me. I guess I will have to find a different painting to obliterate. I just couldn't do it. Looking at it now I realize that her only crime is not enough temperature variety--(it's too golden), but I nailed her little sad expression...enough so that she got this reprieve. By the way, did you know that Mary Cassatt was a cousin of Robert Henri? I just discovered that.