The move, at least in the “reduction of chattel” stage, is moving along at a rather steady pace. But as with any digging into the hidden corners of studio realms, it’s amazing all the discoveries we make. Having finally sorted and catalogued all of the artworks on paper, sent my art library to a new home and given away most of my studio equipment, the next step - get to the storage racks (holding paintings for many years) seems almost “easy-peasy”. Some of these artworks I have not even looked at in more than 3 decades.
Not everyone likes to get dusty whilst pulling out and looking at painting after painting in rows upon rows of a storage area. It took a curious friend to find this process intriguing. Because of her, one of those hidden away paintings (hidden for 22 years) now hangs (literally) from the ceiling of the Governor General’s mansion in Ottawa. (He’s the representative of the Queen in Canada).
But why are paintings stored for years without being seen? With me, paintings which are not commission oriented seem to quickly get put aside once completed. Why? I have a tendency to move on very quickly to other things, other ideas, other concepts other interesting subject matter once a drawing or painting is completed. I’ve had my enjoyment from the process and so. . . it is not surprising that I have not seen some of my work for a long time.
Downsizing for a move to smaller quarters gives me the opportunity to re-discover what has been stored away for some time. Rediscovering has its advantages : 1) : I get to see all “my stuff” once again. And 2) I get to see the reality of there not being enough space in our “new digs” for all of this work. So., I’ve put most of them up in the “Store” page on my website under the guise of a downsizing sale.. I hope you enjoy seeing what hasn’t been seen for some time - or has never been seen outside my studio or storage ever.
As I find more, I'll keep adding. Hopefully, I will reach the other end of the storage area before the house gets sold. :)
I am a painter and writer who's whole life has been influenced by one precept : "thinking each our own thoughts makes us relevant and relevance makes us powerful."