The Fetus formerly known as Cletus tagged along with me to our regional annual art show hosted by the Cowichan Valley Arts Council. I didn't observe any nascent art appreciation, but I have eighteen years to make him like art.
I was thrilled to receive to receive Best in Show for "Furs," but I have to admit that Cletus has done some rewiring in my brain. Every time anyone said "Congrats!" or "Beautiful!" to me, even as I was standing right next to my painting, I assumed we were talking about the baby. "Oh thanks! He's two months old!" Facepalm.
Big thanks to Morgan Saddington, CVAC Office Manager and PORTALS Coordinator. She put me on the radar of a local TV programmer, Daphne Goode, who put together this lovely spot about me just before the show opened:
[Before you all get up in my grill about painting with a baby, I'll have you know that at this stage in a painting I use oil only.]
And yeah, every single day is a totally idyllic day in the studio with a sleeping baby strapped to my chest. Snort.