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So little of being sick has to do with the body. The mind can take the healthy and make a real mess. Or, more commonly, it can take weak and make it weaker-and that’s what I am fighting.

I was seemingly getting along with my new chemo until last Friday. The HR department of the company I work for called to tell me that my short-term disability would be ending today. I thought I had until February 5. Then, the spiral started. By Friday night, I was having serious gastro-intestinal issues which I am still having, though not to the degree that I did on Friday night or Sunday morning.

I called my doctor today. I will be getting mid-treatment blood work and hydration tomorrow. The insurance has also been straightened out.


“Insurance”, 2017. Mixed media on canvas. 10″ x 10″ (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

“In the Name of Progress”, and my solo this month

In the Name of Progress

This is finished just in time for my show this month at the Franklin Gallery, in RiverStones Framing at 33 No. Main Street in Rochester, NH called “Transitions and Transmissions”.

To me, this image speaks volumes about how progress has left so much of our past literally in the dust. So much about the context of this is wrong. Where’s the farm? It’s parked on the side of US 202 in Maine. The flat tire and the chains in the middle of summer also adds to the story.

The collection that will be included is half abstracts and half pieces similar to this one.

I hope you can stop by for the opening reception on August 11, from 5-7.

more Sole City

Just a bit more of a peak…

"The Snowball Effect", (c) Bob Farrell, acrylic

“The Snowball Effect”, (c) Bob Farrell, acrylic

Bob is a mainstay with the Berwick Art Association and I don’t believe has ever missed an event. Maybe a meeting or two, but never an opportunity to show. When we were doing our pop-ups, he was the person who arranged those.

Bob thrives on the unpredictable. Mostly on the found, and the experimental. Sometimes on the spontaneous. It’s not always easy to say because his other piece in the show called “Pick a Color”, a colored pencil and felt-tip pen piece, is as controlled as they get. So, who knows, it seems HE is always unpredictable.

“Process Artists engage the primacy of organic systems, using perishable, insubstantial, and transitory materials such as dead rabbits, steam, fat, ice, cereal, sawdust, and grass. The materials are often left exposed to natural forces: gravity, time, weather, temperature, etc”, and Bob usually, though not always, fits into this description.

The Sole City show is awesome. I put up the tags today, and I am a proud curator. Please check it out.




In lieu of successful framing

All is not lost when I have an additional few hours to make things work!

Since I have joined the piece-a-day challenge, I actually feel an obligation to fulfill that. And, I am.

I like these 3 little collages. Again, I am reworking mediums “from old” into some new work. Not museum quality, but gettin’ there!

"What Remains", (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, mm, 6" x 6"

“What Remains”, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, mm, 6″ x 6″

"Cyembra", (c) Dcaryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, mm. 6":x 6"

“Cyembra”, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, mm. 6″:x 6″

"Crazy Dreams", (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015. mm, 6" x 6"

“Crazy Dreams”, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015. mm, 6″ x 6″

So, the frustrations of framing today at least manifested itself in some pleasantly fun collage work. And, I do feel mildly accomplished for the day.

I also started by creating texture, a larger canvas (18″ x 24″), but I will not have a chance to start adding paint to it til later in the week.

Happy New Year…and all that :)

New work, and going forward, daily posts. I see too much, feel too much, and hear too much to not share. Southern Maine and Eastern New Hampshire is bursting with new growth And, I am very involved in much of this.

I have been invited to submit to  postcard format show called “Love Letters”. These are what I have started, so far. What I don’t use in the show, I’ll sell at Blackbird Studio and Gallery when we reopen in April.

I have been invited to display at an area gallery postcard-inspired show. These are unfinished pieces for that.

I have been invited to display at an area gallery postcard-inspired show. These are unfinished pieces for that.

I am also going to try to bring more area art to you again, too. There is a ton going on up here!!

Wanderlust and Pink

"Wanderlust and Growing Pains", 2014 (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, Mixed media on paper.

“Wanderlust and Growing Pains”, 2014 (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, Mixed media on paper.

"Pink Shimmer and Glue", 2014. Mixed media on paper (c)daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

“Pink Shimmer and Glue”, 2014. Mixed media on paper (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

The latest concept is to try to marry my rendering skills, and my abstract sensibilities into a concept as to how we really don’t look at everything, and when we do, it is not for very long. An eighties concept called this cognitive overload. We are well beyond that. Our brains see it, and file it, but without all of the details. (And, in the meantime, someone is arguing with their “significant other”/mother/child on their cell phone, and you just remembered that deal on Groupon, that just expired)

It’s not the happy world of Monet and Matisse, where busy meant a slight blur. This is my depiction of daily reality.

Sole City Dance Show, through December

The Main Wall with Me

The Main Wall with Me

There are a total of 19 pieces included in this show in Somersworth, New Hampshire. Through December.

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Broken legs, and other travesties

One never expects a broken leg to be garnered at an opening reception. But, along with other “life” highlights, that’s where I have been. I also took a 2nd part-time job as a custom framer-haven’t done that in a few days either.
But, I have painted, and a lot! I am watching a real evolution in my style and palette. I have gotten very comfortable with a more AE application and I am not sure where some of this palette is coming from!

When Life Gives You Lemons, in progress, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst. 12"x12", oil, MM on linoleum tile.

When Life Gives You Lemons, in progress, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst. 12″x12″, oil, MM on linoleum tile.

I am further exploring the whole elimination of the grid by totally reworking the last of the Art in Small Places pieces that had the 16-square grid. “Genuine” is one of those. “Predisposed” (below) is another.
Predisposed, 2013 (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, watercolor, gel medium, acrylic, oil pastel. 6"x6".
“With Regards to the History” also accomplishes the dissemination of the grid.
"With Regards to the History", 2013, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, Watercolor, acrylic, oil pastel, marker, 6"x6".

No rest for the wicked

I am attempting to write an “umbrella ” statement for the Seacoast Moderns show, and for the one negative remark, I responded  with  my schedule, ending the email with “no rest for the wicked” 🙂 I asked that person for their suggested rewrite…and I am waiting.

In the meantime, I was all artist, all the time. ..

Canyons 2, mixed media, 17  1/2" x 13 1/2" in progress.

Canyons 2, mixed media, 17 1/2″ x 13 1/2″ in progress.

Called “The People Who Built It”

Farm with Flag, 2013, to be used in the next painting I may be looking for planks from fences, barns, whatever…
I am really liking where this is going.
I know where to find flag fabric, too…images soon…