Friday, October 30, 2009

The "off" season....


When one's life choices come to rest, making art one's sole source of income for 25+ years is a risky business, and a rewarding one. For the last 6 years I have enjoyed primarily representing myself, an independent artist past mid career, selling my own work through a juried group, S.F.Society of Artists, who show weekends through the "season" in downtown Santa Fe. My partnership in a cooperative gallery, Artistas de Santa Fe, also a beneficial experience, ended at the beginning of 2009.
These new venues for a former "gallery artist" have been a wonderful experience. I have met interested potential customers (they don't stop before my work unless interested) and learned to talk about and sell my own work, as well as others. I have gotten to know diverse artists with divergent goals at various levels in their careers. I have learned to accept my outcome, either positive or negative- setting up at 6am on Saturday and sitting for two days, often with unknown results, breaking down on Sunday at 5:30. I have collected many addresses, snail and e-mail, handed out many postcards and business cards, and grown enormously in the area of "marketing." I have contributed to my organizations with work, worry and wisdom (I am old, after all!)

Today I was rewarded with a visual record of that effort and growth, and a documentation of where it has all landed - weekends now spent talking to interested persons about painting and sculpture, interacting with my colleagues, young and old, and working on clays and waxes, a perfect and absorbing activity for those weekends. A fellow artist, Doug Earp, a wonderful traditional black and white photographer who works in the darkroom to produce his images, took pictures during the almost last show of the season. I wanted to share them with you and also his work. I googled him to find his website, and discovered he is listed on LinkedIn, but has no web address, so I can't share his work (sorry). Get busy, Doug, it's winter, and we all have work to do!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

R-inspiration

Fall does not come quietly! Many tomatoes and squash to be dealt with, the annual fall art tour here in Pojoaque, weekend art shows to set up and take down, waxes to be created and dressed to replace the bronzes sold during the summer (yes, sold!)and have ready for the monthly delivery(of bronzes)/pickup (of waxes)of the great guys at Madd Casting in Berthould, CO. Add to that the clays that need attention to be readied for mold-making. In all this activity,there is the waiting, for the inspiration of a new exploration/direction in which to take my paintings.
September passed quickly, and at the very end, a little day trip to Shady Lakes near Bernallillo sparked that inspiration. Described as the Giverny of New Mexico by another artist, the lakes are little gems of lily and fishing ponds fed by the ditches in the bosque of the Rio Grande. As we drove up, a small flock of Canadian geese lifted away in one pond and fish disturbed the surface in another. A morning spent there in the dappled light of cottonwoods quieted my mind and stirred up some new ideas for paintings. Why not leave the bold color for a while and explore the palette of the Impressionists? Having never been a true "representational" painter, I found this a novel idea, so completed a new painting within that same week. Though designed and painted as a vertical (it's 40" x 20") I find I like it as well in a horizontal format - it's titled Rebirth I -never thought I'd be "born" again!



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