I've been painting this still life from life and needed to set it up in a place where I could leave it set up for a few weeks. I have a small studio in the basement which works well for small paintings but 30 x 30 is stretching it a bit. I finally became very frustrated yesterday because I couldn't step away far enough from the painting to see what I was doing, and I needed a light on my palette so I could see better what I was mixing. I had a light on the set up and my daylight lamp on the canvas, but I needed a third free standing lamp for my palette. Finally I shot a picture and had it developed and I'm going to finish the painting upstairs where there is more room and light, but leave the set up, so I can refer to it when needed. At some point, I will stop using reference material altogether and just put the art into it.
I had a very exciting thing happen this weekend. Robert Amos, Art Critic for Victoria wrote a long article about the LOOK show highlighting works of a few of the artists, and I was one of the artists highlighted! I'm honoured and thrilled! He said "Claire Christinel paints the elements of her joy more carefully, but also tosses them together with strong pattern and bright colours. Her 'Tutti Frutti' would be a real pleasure to take home, I am sure." I've got to be happy about that!