Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I'm Celebrating the End of Shame

Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 6:37 PM I put the last paint stroke on the Shame Painting. It has been a long battle to get this painting finished. I blogged some of this struggle here, and made a public pledge to my Pen Women meeting in May that it would be finished by the time we met again in September. I am early!

I am throwing myself a party this Sunday, open house in my studio from 2:00 to 5:00. It is coincidently the one year anniversary of George's Memorial Celebration in Connecticut. My friend, Kit Tobin, helped me set up this still life in 2004 during one of her frequent visits, and it is very appropriate that she will be here to help me dismantle the still life on Sunday.

This is all about moving on, and I feel that I have come full circle, as this painting was an incredible challenge to paint, as the subject matter stirred up many uncomfortable episodes in my life. Not to mention that working on it over the past number of years had to be sandwiched in between George's frequent health problems, the need to find jobs and money, and wedged into a very tiny studio that made me feel as if the painting was attacking me. I see the end of Shame as a symbol for the end of a cycle of trouble, and I am excited to look forward to starting the next one. Stay tuned!

If you are in Tampa, and want to come to my party email me....for directions.


  1. Gainor: it's fantastic. I am so pleased you can let this one go. May its journey onward provide you with energy and renewed zest for life. Hugs...

  2. Thanks so much, for your beautiful comment! Love you. G

  3. It's a great piece and so glad that you have completed 'shame' and can move on to more positives and leave that segment behind. What an accomplishment to complete something so personal.

    It is great when just that one little something can speak to you and spur you on.

    You should be very proud of yourself and your wonderful series.
    Maybe the next one should be, Happy or Contentment. A great place to end up.

    Best, Roxanne

  4. Gainor, the Feeling series is absolutely great and powerful, and congratulations on the completion of Shame. All the energy put into it is evident and worthwhile, not to mention it's gorgeous color palette!

  5. Thanks for your compliment, Mona! It means a lot to me, coming from you. Today is my birthday and it a lovely way to start a birthday, for an old lady like myself. I can't believe I am 69 years old today. Well, as long as I can keep painting, I'm OK, I guess.