2017 Wrap Up / by Krista Dedrick Lai

With 2017 coming to a close I thought I'd write a quick update to let you know what I'm up to. The past six months have been busy with art projects and motherhood! Here is a quick rundown:

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-I've had to adjust to a different work schedule due to my little one's short naps. Instead of longish periods of focused work time I have brief periods of often interrupted work time with a couple longer stretches on the weekends. I've found that challenging myself to work quickly on fast, small paintings of abstracted landscapes during these brief periods has been incredibly fulfilling. I have been able to loosen up my way of working, strengthen my ability to ignore my inner critic and increase my faith in my own decisions. I am exhibiting many of these small paintings together as one piece titled "34 minutes and 59 seconds" in InLiquid's upcoming show New Now, starting in January.

"34 minutes and 59 seconds" by Krista Dedrick Lai

"34 minutes and 59 seconds" by Krista Dedrick Lai

-I was commissioned to do a 3 foot by 4 foot drawing of Aspen trees for Nanette Mattei Design in Jackson Hole Wyoming along with several smaller drawings of Aspen leaves. This was an ambitious project with a quick turnaround time but I enjoyed it immensely.

"Aspen Grove" by Krista Dedrick Lai

"Aspen Grove" by Krista Dedrick Lai

detail of "Aspen Grove" by Krista Dedrick Lai

detail of "Aspen Grove" by Krista Dedrick Lai

-I am continuing to work on the project I got a grant for and will share those pieces when it's completed. I am also continuing to create new work for the series I've been working on this past year and plan to search out exhibit opportunities for those in the new year.

"Bright Future" by Krista Dedrick Lai

"Bright Future" by Krista Dedrick Lai

-I said a bittersweet farewell to Bright Future, one of my favorite pieces I've ever done. It went to live at New York Presbyterian Hospital in a Pediatric Department. I also said farewell to some other pieces that went to private collections. It's always surprisingly difficult to let go of my pieces even if that is ultimately the goal. We spend a lot of time together and become good friends!

"Wiggle Worm"  by Krista Dedrick Lai

"Wiggle Worm"  by Krista Dedrick Lai

In this busy phase of life my blog will function to provide quarterly updates although I will continue to see as much art as possible, family in tow. In fact I have a trip to New York planned in the coming months. I hope you will follow me on social media for up-to-date information about projects and exhibits and to keep up with all my adventures.

Happy New Year!