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Bon Voyage

I think the thing I like best about doing a series of paintings is that you can set a goal and (hopefully) achieve it.  The feeling of accomplishment helps me get through whatever other stuff I have to do.  This is a short series, but it seemed like it took forever.  I guess that makes the taste of being finished even sweeter.  Bon Voyage completes my series that has included Opening Night and Masquerade Ball.  All bright and festive and so different from the work I’m doing the rest of the time.  For some reason, I feel like having a glass of wine.
Calling it a Day

Masquerade Ball

Finally, after many, many long hours, layer after layer of paint, I’m finally ready to call this one done.  It’s a fun painting, full of bright colors, and a feeling of jubilation.  Can you feel the excitement, the beat of the music?  I always feel like celebrating after completing a new piece.  Especially one that challenged my imagination as much as this one has.  Why is it that the creativity simply flows some days (or weeks) and other times you have to dig so deep to get it down on paper?  Perhaps it was the difficulty of changing gears.  The abstract acrylics I have been doing have been more spontaneous, less labored.  Working on this piece, while using the bright colors was fun, I found capturing the feeling, the movement and euphoria of a party was, well, exhausting.  After all that, I sure hope you like it.  Feel free to leave a comment and let me know if you’ve encountered such difficulty and how you overcame it. 
A painting in progress

Small portion of new painting

So here I go off in another direction for a short while.  I can’t seem to get away from my love of geometric shapes and bright, bold colors.  I’m not loving this piece yet, but that’s part of the process.  Like I learned in watercolors, the painting doesn’t come alive until the final touches are added.  However, working on it at this point is…frustrating at best, annoying at worst.  The only thing to do is to keep on keeping on and as the dedicated professional I strive to be, that is exactly what I’m doing today.  Hopefully my limited progress will have the painting starting to turn the corner to becoming a work of art instead of just the art of work.  And remember, this is just a part of the painting.