Last month I applied for and was accepted into an exhibition called Piece of Me. The theme is the price we pay when connecting with other people. As someone with social anxiety, the theme resonated with me. It opens at the end of this month, which isn't much time to create 5 pieces! So this has been my main focus for the last few weeks.
Included will be my first work on wooden panel. I've had to research the best kind of wood and sealant, buy them and have the panels cut. I bought three so I'll be able to practice on them. I chose wood rather than canvas for this work for a particular reason, which I'll talk about in a future post. For now, here is the rather boring background:
Here are two paintings on canvas which I began in the last few days:
I'm also making a work on paper, which I'm unofficially calling Mind Map right now. It's a hodge-podge of all the things swirling around in my head. It's only recently that it's occurred to me that I can express the way I feel through art (I know, that must seem strange!). Making this piece involves vulnerability, but I'm prepared for that because that's what authentic art is about.