*humming* Back in the sa...studio again.

Non-art paraphernalia had invaded my studio space again whilst my time was otherwise occupied elsewhere... for over two months. I cracked open the doors, chased away the spiders and man-shed tools (kitchen remodel, 3-year epic), disposed of the burnable trash that was threatening to walk out the door by itself and made peace with the relocated computer desk now eating up a third of my working space. (I'm still on the lookout for any local, cheap, available studio space that doesn't include incorrigible toddlers...anyone?)

The studio isn't the only one needing a dust-up - my eyes and hands need to get back into the practice of working together. I started with charcoal sketching for two oil portraits and a self-portrait, seen above. To break up the sessions of intense staring at details (and wondering if I will need bifocals at the tender age of 32), I have also started work on a large acrylic abstraction. I didn't plan on taking such a long hiatus from the studio this summer, I had a painting schedule all planned out around both a husband-on-holiday and kitchen-remodel schedule, but it got shelved while I was sofa'd. Stuck on the sofa, generally being a nuisance with pathetic cries/moans of 'I feel nauseous!' and twiddling my thumbs, waiting to get back to work. It was for a good reason, so it was worth it. Another little artist or veterinarian in the family sometime next January.

Back in the studio again and no time to waste. I have two exhibitions coming up pretty quickly: an abstract painting invitation show at the O. Jauhiainen Museum in Kiiminki at the end of October, and a small portrait show at the Galleria Pirkko-Liisa Topelius in Helsinki in early November. I'll post some more previews of works in progress as I go along, stress increasing, deadlines approaching.