Spring term classes are over at the Art League School in Alexandria thereby allowing me to focus my energy on creating new works for exhibitions. Not having to work on assignments for my portrait and figure class will give me time to be more creative and experiment with different media, perhaps trying my hand at some abstract and impressionistic work. Copying the Impressionists at the National Gallery of Art has inspired me to move away from the classics to a looser format, at least for a little while. I’d like to do a series of paintings perhaps with just a palette knife and see where I can go with a thicker, imposto style. The excitement of being an artist or painter is the ability to have the freedom to express what you see in any form that comes to mind. It can be in the style of Monet, Van Gogh, Rembrandt or Vermeer. I guess you can say I have not found my personal style yet. Galleries look for a cohesive collection of work before they will consider giving an artist a solo show. For me, that will have to come later. I am satisfied exhibiting on a smaller scale. Right now I plan to have fun doing whatever comes to mind, an advantage when it comes to commission work as I feel confident I can do whatever the client desires. The above paintings were painted from life. Lucky for me the beets stayed fresh long enough to complete the painting. By the way, they tasted delicious after I roasted them. The strawberries had to be painted quicker, almost “alla prima”. I backlit the setup in order to create a glow coming from behind and may try doing a series in this manner with different fruit. I promise to keep you posted on new creations.