Bad me, I’m bending the rules already. This painting was started some time ago, but it WAS finished in 2013, and that’s what counts, right? I’ve not been able to paint for that past couple of days, since I’ve been getting ready for 10 days away at the McGregor Summer School. I hope to come home with lots of lovely paintings to put me well ahead of schedule. I’ve also been working on a large 1m square painting, but that’s not ready to show yet.
I’m very excited about 2013, and very happy to have arrived here. I think it’s going to be a big year in my artistic growth. One of my major challenges for this year is to paint 100 paintings. As friends quickly point out, that’s two per week. Well, they don’t all have to be large ones, I suppose. So, to get the show on the road, and running only slightly behind schedule in Week 1, here is my first painting — Life’s a Bitch. I painted it for the Royal Queensland Art Society’s January show themed “Life’s a Beach”. My reference photo was taken recently at the dog beach at Port Macquarie, NSW. My friends’ dogs were having such a good time. Their simple joy in living is instructive.
Life’s a Bitch – oil on board – 60×40 cms