Back here after 5 months absence when I had promised to address this blog regularly, I confess that life often interferes with one's "plans"and that I can't always do what I say. The ups and downs life brings are not often within our control. You'd think I'd know that by now.
As an "older" artist on the "other side" of a long art career, I do have some perspective though. One of my intentions for this year was to explore some ways of painting and expressions that might prove more desirable to the marketplace, without going way out in another direction or violating my personal vision, that is, without compromising too much. For me, compromising means adjusting my work to imagined desires of the marketplace, but rationally, some compromise is inevitable. I was calling it my "bread and butter" work, but life got in the way.
|Acrylic on cradled board , 6 x 12"|
With William now gone, I have more unclaimed time, time to travel, time to spend with friends, time to reorganize myself and my life. I did all those things in the past five months, while intermittently dealing with a health issue that laid me down and let me up - swimming, sinking, swimming, and sinking. Not serious, not to become chronic, but difficult enough to send me to Urgent Care and antibiotics multiple times, and to sleep way more than I am accustomed to. I think it was nature's way of making a time out whether I wanted one or not, of making me learn to truly value good energy and health, and of making me ask for help. Not uncommon for the newly widowed with a stressful time of care-giving behind them, a compromised immune system wreaks havoc with plans.
At 74, I will continue on this art journey, working at making my art better because it's what I really care about doing, folding in some fun, friends, and family when the opportunities come up, and standing back to watch the impact this life after life has on my painting and sculpture, and my life.
|Night Swimming @ mariannehornbuckle.com|
24x24 acrylic abstract on board
Having participated directly in the shift over thirty years from gallery representation to the one-to-one marketing made possible by the internet and self-representation, I am finding it all intriguing and challenging. Yes, the new paradigm complicates things, yet I think "what possibilities!", and there are some wonderful "experts" to help (on-line of course)!
|Wax of reclining nude - The Notebook|
My Blue Period has been well-received by on-lookers at the few shows I have done so far, I made several waxes that went to the foundry from the mold. They have returned and are being finished (in time for our local Art Tour and the Fall season at SFSA), and above all, I have gained new appreciation for the well-being that good health brings, and will no longer take it for granted!
|William Preston - sketchbook page from 1958|
A side-note: During the art tour, I will present a mini-retrospective of William's life-time as an artist with examples of work from each period and location, and make a video of the presentation for our newsletter - be sure to sign up for our newsletter to see it. In the future, I will be offering a variety of works, not just the sumi-e.
Just really jazzed after a difficult summer,