Our Dangerous Spring
March 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 14 x 11 in.
Our Dangerous Spring. This image topped the very first post of this blog, and I’m posting it again because:
- it’s been just about a year since that first post, and it’s time to mark the occasion; and
- I’m finally having the opportunity to exhibit the piece for the first time this month in the Members Show at the 29 Palms Art Gallery.
I created this painting in March of 2020, right as viral reality was hitting us upside the head, and in light of its timeliness I planned to show it in the members’ room of the Gallery in April. But of course…the April show never happened. And the cascade of cancellations continued, month after month for most of a year. But, finally, here we are: our dangerous spring has come and gone, and life and hope have returned.
And yes, it has been almost a year since I launched the Magicgroove: In the Studio blog (July 7, 2020), largely in reaction to the shutdown of opportunities to show and to interact with other artists and viewers. My thoughts on this anniversary? Well, I should tell you that in January, the half-year point, I drafted a post explaining why I was going to do away with it. Obviously, I didn’t go through with that, but ambivalence has continued. My patience with writing is not what it once was, and putting down the more complex thoughts that interest me simply demands more time and effort than I’m willing to invest. A great deal that preoccupies me never finds its way onto these pages except in terms of the images. Which is the point, after all.
Yet I believe I will continue, in this rather quiet fashion. I so appreciate those of you who follow along with me. But truth told, I’d rather just have the conversation in person, you know what I mean? At least that’s becoming possible again. 🙂