First Day of Spring

Title: First Day of Spring
Size: 10x10" 
Medium: Acrylic and graphite on wood panel
Series: 100 Square Project

February is generally not a good month for me. I get a severe case of the "blahs"... it's hard for me to get my butt out of bed, even to get to work. I don't go out unless I have to. Socializing is difficult, because I can't find much good about life when I feel like this. It really is pretty awful.

I know what causes this. It's called "Seasonal Affective Disorder", and it's because of the lack of daylight. As my doctor suggested, I have a sunlamp on my worktable to help increase my exposure... not quite the same as natural light, but when there is no natural light it's a decent substitute. It's my only option when I spend my days at my job. It's dark when I get to work, dark when I leave, and even when I can go out for a walk at lunch it has been pretty dreary.

The approach of spring is therefore a pretty big deal for me. I know that as we creep closer to March the days will get longer, and I will get more energy. I'll feel more like going out, doing stuff, getting in my much needed exercise. If I can just keep going, I'll get through it.

I decided this year to try to fight the drearyness in my work. My last three paintings were grey. Yes, there was some red in there, but they were predominently grey just the same. I needed some colour, and only a bright, happy colour will do. Yellow. Yellow is it. 

I did two. I started three, but the third one just wasn't working and has been abandoned... for now anyway. I am considering doing a large one in this colour combo. I'm loving the orange and the deep red with this particular yellow, and a large size piece could be really showstopping. But I have been told that yellow paintings don't sell, and that is influencing my descision. It's one thing to have a couple 10x10" paintings hanging around in my studio, quite another for a 5 footer. A painting that large takes up a lot of storage space. Which, as always, is at a premium. What do you think? Should I do it anyway?