Accepted to 7th Annual 50|50 Show!

As you may have heard via my newsletter or Instagram, I've been accepted into the 7th Annual 50|50 show! This is a juried show put on by the Sanchez Art Center. The challenge is to make one 6"x6" painting per day for 50 days (June 8-July 27) around a theme. All 50 paintings will be shown together, along with the other participating artists, from August 28-September 20 at the Center in Pacifica.

Stack of 50 panels for this challenge!

Stack of 50 panels for this challenge!

My theme (as stated for the application, in 10 words or less) is: Windows is about feeling like "the other."

To expand on this, I see windows as a symbol of always looking in or out (depending on which side of the glass you're on), a sort of barrier through you can see what you're missing, but not a door that will grant you access to that thing. I use the word "window" loosely - it could be anything that you can look through. I am using photos I've taken on my travels over the last couple of years as references for this project, including such places as New Orleans, Austin, Italy (mostly Florence and surrounding areas) and Guam. 

The project started on June 8, but before I could begin painting, I had to prime the panels with gesso so the oil paint doesn't seep through - 4 layers each, with some sanding in between for smoothness:

This is only about half the panels - starting to get intimidating! 

This is only about half the panels - starting to get intimidating! 

I will be posting daily photos to my Instagram account (under the hashtag #5050keena) and weekly updates to my blog (which I'll share to Facebook). Here's Day 1 (June 8) in case you missed it: 

Day 1 of 50

Day 1 of 50