Thursday, January 13, 2011

Can you have it both ways?

Some days you feel overwhelmed with life. Your list of necessary tasks looks as big as an elephant. You hurry, you spill, the computer gives you problems, miscommunications happen, upsets follow and at the end of the day, you want to hide under the covers and never come out. Other days flow seamlessly like the tide over the sand. The mail brings good news, the deal goes through and the bread rises just right. But the two days need each other like water needs thirst. Where would light be without the darkness? I had to rub my sleeve in orange oil paint and drag it all over the house in order to appreciate that I have loving friends. The hard disk dying on my laptop gives me the opportunity to enjoy hot, homemade soup on a cold day. They seem unrelated but they are.

Twenty one more days until my show opens at Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes. My task list keeps me focused and working with intention. My show, called Celebrations is about finding those sweet spots in life and remembering why life is good, even in the midst of the overwhelming bad stuff. Sitting on a bench in the sunshine in the winter and getting to wear red cowboy boots is one of those moments.

"Benchmark", 11x14" Oil on board

Celebrations, Joanne Shellan's show, opens at Scott Milo Gallery on February 4, Friday night, 6-9pm. Share some wine, appetizers and see me do a demonstration.
The show remains open until the end of February.
Joanne Shellan Fine Art

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