About 12 days ago, I started feeling like I was coming down with something, and I did. What began as me feeling uncharacteristically cranky, out-of-sorts and inordinately tired blew up into the worst chest cold I can remember. I think now that it might have been the flu (again) even though I had it last year and got a flu shot this past October. 
From what I've been reading on it, this season's flu shot is only about 25% effective, but can mitigate the worst of it.
Still, it's been awful. 
I dragged myself to the college on Wednesday after missing last Monday's class, and went home and straight to bed after that. I spent many, many days in bed. So frustrating! But finally, I can sleep mostly through the night without coughing jags that leave me short of air, chest aching, wishing for this just to be over.

It's on the run now, and I am back in the art studio. 
On Friday, I had a meeting with a very nice gallery on Bainbridge Island that wants to represent me. Bainbridge Arts and Crafts is right at the end of a major renovation, with a Grand-Re-opening  (and a new name, apparently, which they are keeping secret until the opening) scheduled for a couple of weeks from now. The timing couldn't be better. I met with the head curator, his assistant, and the gallery's executive director. I had applied to them via an online process back in December, and heard from them a couple of weeks ago. They wanted to see 6 paintings in person. They ended up asking for all 6, and by the time I got home, had requested a 7th as well. 

I left two paintings with them, and took the other 4 back to make some changes they requested- they wanted them out of frames, which is fine by me. The two I left with them had plain black frames, but the other four had frames they thought were not showing the work to full advantage. They said their clientele are often willing to purchase work and have it framed themselves. 

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A few weeks ago, just before I got sick, the BLP and I took a ride a little ways South of where we live, down a road that is just chock-full of old farms and decaying barns. The neighborhood is called Olalla. (Oh-la-la) Besides old barns, Olalla's claim to fame is their annual Americana music festival that draws musicians and audiences from a pretty large distance. It used to be strictly a Bluegrass festival, but they've broadened their lineup in recent years. 

I took several pictures. The light was nice that day but not as dramatic as it could be, say early morning or late afternoon. We'll have to go back and re-shoot. Still, I was able to make the first painting of what I hope will be a series. This barn is owned by the Collins family of Olalla. The current owner is the great-grandson of the original owners. It's a bit of an idealized view- I left out the power poles and lines. 

I painted this over the last couple of days, so glad to be well enough to work in the studio again. The flu leaving, and I'm totally jazzed about the gallery. I think it's going to be a huge opportunity for me.

Right now, I'm calling it Olalla Barn 1.  Oils on canvas, 18" x 24".  (c) Rose Guastella 2018



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Comment by Phyllis on February 18, 2018 at 4:12pm

As Monkey said, congrats on the gallery! And this barn painting is beautiful, I've always been a fan of old barns, too, but I like them in contrast to their surroundings. Especially fall colors.

Comment by Rosigami on February 18, 2018 at 4:30pm

Thank you, Monkey. it's a nice stately old barn, innit? The next barn has a funky slanty red metal roof, sun bleached and rusted through in many spots, as brash and tawdry as this one is dignified, and I can't wait to paint it. 

I'm excited about the gallery for sure!

Comment by Rosigami on February 18, 2018 at 4:31pm

Hiya Phyllis, I pass this barn (and others) over the course of each year. I don't think I could pick a favorite season, though I do appreciate changes in light and atmosphere. It's all good. 

Comment by koshersalaami on February 18, 2018 at 5:28pm

Mazel tov

Comment by Rosigami on February 18, 2018 at 5:29pm

Thanks kosh

Comment by Anna Herrington on February 20, 2018 at 1:45pm

Congratulations on the gallery! and Bainbridge Island! Honey you've made it to the big time  : )

So many wealthy ones down here also have their 'wet' spot/second home up on Bainbridge..... beautiful area!

I'm very excited for you, you deserve this exposure, too, you've been dedicated and you have the skills! Woohoo!

Comment by marilyn sands on February 20, 2018 at 6:19pm

Congrats Rosi!  This looks so real - it's like a photo...is that a compliment...a good thing?  ha ha

Comment by Rosigami on February 20, 2018 at 7:20pm

Anna, I'm pretty stoked about it. Thanks for your enthusiastic supportive comments, I really appreciate it!

Comment by Rosigami on February 20, 2018 at 7:22pm

Marilyn, if you like the darn thing, it's a compliment! Thanks so much for coming by.

Comment by Zanelle on February 20, 2018 at 7:41pm

Hey Hi...Congratulations on the gallery connections and glad you survived the flu.  You are so inspiring to me.


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