Begin it now

Warm Night, Southern Sky – acrylic on canvas, 605 x 910 mm, 2015.  For sale at The Christchurch Art Show, June 2015.
Warm Night, Southern Sky – acrylic on canvas, 605 x 910 mm, 2015

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” W. H. Murray

As I mentioned last week, I’ve started preparing for this year’s Christchurch Art Show. It will be my first exhibition* and all artworks will be for sale. I’ll be surrounded by talented artists and awesome art (there’s a video of last year’s event on their website) and I’m a little nervous about it ― but when the opportunity presented itself last year (a nice lady from the show contacted me, having seen my work on this blog, and suggested that I apply), it seemed like the right ‘next step’ for me and my art. I’m now doing my best not to stress about it but I have quite a few large and large-ish canvases I need to paint in order to have enough work for the four-day exhibition. I’m telling myself: one painting at a time… and the show isn’t until June…

‘Warm Night, Southern Sky’ is the first of those canvases ― one down, (at least) six more to go.

THE CHRISTCHURCH ART SHOW  11th–14th June 2015
Tickets on sale now : )

My thanks to Kathie Pugaczewski for making me aware of the W. H. Murray quote.

Red sky at night, original photo – Christchurch, 2012
Red sky at night, original photo – Christchurch, 2012

This is the second time I’ve used my ‘red sky at night’ photograph as a reference for a painting. The first was an ink and watercolour sketch (click here to see the post).

* Strictly speaking, I have had student exhibitions and I did take my work to a mini market last year — this event, however, is much (much) bigger. And scarier. Onward and upward.

12 thoughts on “Begin it now

  1. Beautiful painting Anna, you have a good start for your Art show. Please post all of your paintings 😄.

  2. Whoa ! Awesome painting & of course the painting is 100x better than the photo which is good too ! 😀

    1. Thank you, Leslie. The funny thing is that I thought I was painting in a style that was radically different from my other paintings… until I included it in my virtual gallery (something I created to see what the exhibition is going to look like)… and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it does, in fact, still look like one of mine. Thanks for your comment, Anna : )

    1. Thank you very much, Gretl. We’re blessed to live in a part of the world where this kind of sky happens (from time to time) and inspires. Thanks for dropping by.

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