in a row

OK you duckies, get in a row….

It always takes a bit of an adjustment. A reset,  after finishing up some sort of art event- coordinating one, participating in one, or being one in the case of the recent two day studio tour in town.

This feels different from working towards a large solo show for two years, and shipping it off, and all the activities tangential to that. The lull that happens after that intense focus and effort is the kind that leads to wondering, “what next?”  (Or just needing a realllly long nap.)

Now, it’s more a feeling of needing to get the ducks in a row. Follow through on some tasks. (OK, bathroom, I know your walls are waiting for some plaster and a coat of paint…)

Art decisions are sometimes thrust upon us.  In the case of this year, I will not be spending any time coordinating and hanging a large silent auction benefit art show because the non-profit in question is putting it on hold to reevaluate its relevance.  So I lose income but gain a whole lot of time that is relatively stress-free.

I know I am engaged in the current work, and also know I don’t want to make large pieces.  At least for now.

In the case of goals to be working towards, there is a small show locally in a theater in September, and then a large open void.  Hmmmm, what will come next?

It seems that I have actually been the one selling/marketing my own work for the last four years.  Perhaps I should get more serious about that and make it possible for folks to purchase on-line.   Although some would frown on putting prices on a website or blog.  But I have no gallery to compete/coordinate with, and frankly I’m past the point of caring what most people do.   But what if I enter into a future agreement with another gallery?  Well, I’m not actively looking.  At least not for a venue out of state.  So, perhaps that’s a non-argument.

My life has downsized, my needs are not huge, and I mostly want to see what I do find an occasional audience . . . and if I am fortunate… a home.

Wonder if other people’s goals start to change after reaching 60 or thereabouts…

raging fires and other distractions

nothing like a 46,000  83,000 plus acre fire next door to take your mind off other activities.  (And this was even before the horrendous fire in Colorado Springs, and another in Boulder….. will it ever stop?)

Seeing the immense clouds of smoke, and knowing several people who have been displaced/evacuated, and constantly hearing about it on the news, just tends to make any other tasks seem rather frivolous by comparison.

Despite the record heat in town, (102 degrees) and the faint odor of smoke on Sunday, there were loyal art fans making the rounds of more than 35 venues in town over the weekend.  I was thrilled to meet some nice new appreciators and have some friends drop by.  Some of the work on the walls went home with new owners.  And I ate way too many chocolate chip cookies!

The living room was turned into a gallery
smaller vine paintings on the wall where I usually do drawing
this is the wall I normally paint on (hence the plastic covering it)
Newer series is hanging on the right side, and painting in progress temporarily at the bottom.
View toward the end of the room, after you come down the stairs. Storage, press, and desk area behind shelves to the right.

Here’s some views for a  virtual tour…

Drawings Will Make an Appearance During Studio Tour

                

That’s right- I may be listed as a painter in the studio tour brochure- but, holy moly, I have a lot of drawings that have been piling up over the years. Some of these earned my Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship, some have been exhibited in several venues around the country.   But they don’t want to stay in my flat file anymore.

These won’t be framed, to keep the cost down to those looking for that special something to add to their walls.   But- I will have lots of tips on inexpensive framing, (and perhaps some coupons to share) and the buyer gets to dictate the final look.

During all the years that I taught primarily in the drawing area, I had so little free time for painting, drawing was something I could start, and go back to more easily. The process seems to lend itself to short bursts of concentration, and I sometimes even drew with my classes.   Both as a demonstration, but also to model how physically active a process it truly was. (see my earlier post on erasing)

So, people can have an original piece of work for….. not too much!
I’m thinking 100 buckaroos or less!  Does this do a disservice to artists to “undervalue” my work?  Or does it mean more local folks can afford to acquire something unique?  We shall see.  I’m sort of beyond fretting about issues like that.  
As the saying goes, “you can’t take it with you”, and I have been in a serious down-sizing mode for a while.

This won’t happen again any time soon.
The drawings want to go out in the world and find new homes!
Come see them June 23 and 24th in my studio.