Thursday, November 08, 2007

In the company of friends, 8 x 24, 2007 copyright Mary Beth Shaw
I frequently crack jokes about my abstract work, how much I struggle over it - that a piece isn't finished until I've bled on it. Well, I really did this week. Bled on a piece, that is.
Yep, I stabbed my finger a few days ago with a cooking implement (that will teach me to mess around with kitchen tools!). This stupid fork/tong thingy chunked out the index finger on my dominant hand and it is taking forever to heal, probably because I keep knocking my finger into stuff and making it bleed. Hence the painting injury.
I really like this piece though, despite the blood it drew. It's for the Jacoby show and probably one of my faves. For some reason this painting makes me happy. I am finally finished with all of them - twenty two paintings total, ranging in size from 8x8 to 36x24. I deliver them tomorrow.
If you live in St. Louis or the surrounding area, come see the Abstractions exhibit which opens on November 16th with a reception from 5-8pm. Jacoby Arts Center is located at 627 Broadway, in Alton, IL. I will be giving a gallery talk on December 2nd at 2PM. And the show will be there until January 7th, if you can't make either of these dates.


  1. Anonymous12:43 PM

    Looks great, dumplin!
    Can't wait to see all that new work in one place on bright shiny walls & 'professionally' lit. Big time stuff.


  2. LOVE this piece, MB! I can't even put my finger on exactly why, but it does have a happiness about it and I am really drawn to it vicerally. Hugs, Shari

  3. Anonymous12:41 PM

    Mary Beth,

    This piece is absolutely GORGEOUS blood and all!



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