Friday, September 2, 2016

Life after Life: Bobbing Along

Life After Life: Bobbing Along

 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 @
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 to be presented Sept.2016
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
My new marketing plan is to communicate more often through the Preston/Hornbuckle Fine Art Newsletter rather than this blog, to those who already know William's sumi-e and my work. I'll use our Facebook business page @preston/hornbucklefineart for outreach to those art appreciators who don't yet know our work. Finally I will use Instagram for outreach and amusement (and have been already). Please go to  or or see side-bar here to sign up for our newsletter for notice of offerings from both Bill's and my bodies of work. The Preston/HornbuckleFineArt page on Facebook will serve for advance notices of work being made available for purchase and so that you receive offerings timely, I will ask you to follow us there.  The newsletter will probably be the most reliable form of notice. As I said, it 's not complicated!  I have more help now (a new housemate) so could actually do what I say I'm going to.

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,


  1. Back on track (think I've said that before!)

  2. Thanks for the writing, Marianne!--Scott

    1. THanks Scott! It was so wonderful to visit with you and Nancy last week! Hope the stirring in ABQ was fruitful!

  3. Love hearing your comments. I will look for William's available sumi-e. He is still greatly missed in ICCPS.

  4. Thanks, Casey! Keep me in the sumi loop...


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