2012 was not a bad year for my art stuff, considering I was almost going to bag it and quit painting at one point. It was hard to consider making more work, when I had lost the venue that was consistently showing it for more than 20 years, and I didn’t know if I had the gumption and drive to find more gallery connections. So.. taking matters into my own hands, I decided to show more locally- Fort Collins and Denver, and also sign up to do the local two-day studio tour this past summer. I’ve put work up on a new site- Ugallery, and made my first sale after barely a week! And now have works on paper at Big Cartel with more to come.
The Fort Collins studio tour seemed successful. Folks braved the 104 degree temps wrapped in smoke from the local forest fires, and many took home some work! What I realized is that even though this is a fairly small city, there are plenty of art appreciators, many of whom do not yet know me or my work. And now that I am in control of prices, it’s even more rewarding to allow people who might not have the ability to purchase something for thousands the opportunity to have original art pieces. Yes . . . it seems that I would rather have my work find homes and be loved in the grand scheme of things.
It always seems to help to have a deadline to reach toward, and having shows lined up did make the work seem more directed. But I also had a shift of mind that reaffirmed my inclinations towards things that are a bit less safe and pretty, and a bit more mysterious and ambiguous. So, looking forward, I will paint what interests me. And I won’t feel compelled to churn things out, (as if quantity played any part in this equation.)
2013 – Looking forward to an exhibition at Studio 12 Gallery in Denver, called “Scapes” where the curator wanted to include some of my Industrial series paintings. Cool. (more later on that event)
I think I will like having more on my plate.
finally … WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
“600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 10,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 17 years to get that many views.”
and where they came from….
68 countries in all!
Most visitors came from The United States. The United Kingdom & Canada were not far behind.
Plus so much more info- where people linked from and clicked on…. what a cool company!!! Thanks WP!