Less than sparkling and FREE GIFTS!

Putting together an art show can really sap your energy and creativity.

I’m still enthusiastic about “Construction”, but I’m too tired and distracted to work on it right now.

I went to Birch Coffee (5 East 27th Street) to check the space out again. I was worried before whether I’d have enough art to fill the walls, now I think I may have too much.

I’ve been busy putting together little things to give away to attendees, and this is what I’ve come up with:

Refrigerator Magnet:

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Notecards:

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Limited Edition signed and number art cards, 2.5 by 3.5 inches:

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Gotta come up with some money for refreshments.  There’s still time.

Remember, 7-9 pm September 6 is the reception.

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I Wanted to Sell Out!

But no one was buying. (Warning: Bad art displayed, here)

I always wanted to make a living with my art.  At first, I wanted to design posters.  I assumed that if a subject appealed to me, then it would appeal to other people.  However, I think most artists create with that in mind.

I’ve been given many suggestions by well-meaning people for making money with my art.  Design tatoos?  Most of the work suggested would really make me hate doing artwork. (Note: if you like tatoos, I don’t see anything wrong with it, they’re just not me).

So off I went on a journey to make money with my art.  My first try was portraiture, which I’m still willing to do.  It’s just hard to find enough clients with so much competition.

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I should mention the woman in this portrait was 110 years old at the time.

Then I had a great idea of doing very small pictures that I could do quickly, and sell for cheap.  Limited success there.  Here’s one that actually sold:

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Then the whole ACEO (Art cards editions and originals).  These are cards that are

2/12 inches by 3 1/2.  Many people collect them, and some artists are very successful with this.  A popular theme is cats.  I thought, I like cats!,and did my best.

I was a little bored with the subject matter, and could not compete with the ones who really could do cats very well.  Here is my sad try:

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Also, landmarks on ACEO’s seem to work.  However, I didn’t have the patience to do good drawing of NYC.

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So,now I’m back where I started from….doing pictures I like, and hoping to earn money from them on hold.  But not given up, as I learn more about marketing.

Hopefully, my meandering career will be of some help to young creative people out there.  Some will tell you “art is a product”, but in my experience, how you feel about what you’re doing affects the quality of the product you’re producing…..and bad products don’t sell.

Okay, back to work!

Help Wanted: An Inventor

For sometime, I’ve been looking for the perfect art supply.  It can take images in my mind, project them directly from my eyes, and develop the picture on the paper, with absolutely no handiwork from me.  If you can come up with it, I guarantee you’ll make a fortune.

But since that doesn’t exist at the moment, I drag my way doing hand drawing.

On this piece, I’m going to be taking it slow.  Remember, I’m throwing out the rules on this one.  Remember what happened last time I took a risk?  Right, disaster.

So, easy does it.  Or maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment.

Anyway, here’s the beginning of “Construction”.  I’m starting with a detail and working outwards:

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Breaking the Rules

Sometimes, in both life and in art, you have to say “screw it” to all the rules you know.

Actually, I can’t think of a good example of life, at the moment, but I’m sure others have.

I have always relied on a limited palette to hold together a composition.  Then I was faced with this:

 

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I took this photo with my cellphone.  I was looking to capture the cliché of paradise of being in the sky with clouds.

As I looked at it, I saw a wide variety of colors…..and just using a limited palette won’t work.

Another rule I broke was never to draw a sunset, too cliché.  I think though, that the urban foreground with the construction and crane makes it original.

Here’s the initial sketch…got a lot to do before I do the big one.

 

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Art Career and the Day Job

Sometimes, at work, I feel like shouting “Quick!  Go back to school and become an accountant before it’s too late!”

 

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No, I lie.  I spent many years trying to come to terms with working a menial job, when I wanted to be an artist.  Spent many years in frustration, thinking, “I’m better than this”.

But the truth is, for anyone in creative fields, unless you’re really lucky, you’re going to have to deal with the Day Job.

It’s all in attitude.  You can use the experience to give you ideas for your art

Or you can look at it as a form of art in and of itself.

 

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You can do things well, and take pride in your work no matter what you do.  You can relate to other workers, and make their days happy.  And so on.

Sometime ago, I came up with the idea that your life is your greatest creation.  If you’re the new-agey type, you can think of all the positive work you’re doing as creating an aura of beauty around you.   If you’re not new-agey, at least you can see your life as the memories you will create of you for other people.

So, in a little while, I’ll be going into work and selling pastries.  But I’ll be having the time of my life doing it.

 

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Stick a fork in it

Sometimes, the hardest thing in art is calling it quits.  I don’t mean art totally, but each piece has to have an ending, and it’s usually far short of the perfection that you intended.

So it is with Sunny Chair Paradise.  I like it, but it doesn’t live up to what I’d like it to be.  It’s a quandary that effects all creative people, I think…when is good enough, good enough?

I know if I tried to do another version of this, I would be so bored with it, I’d ruin it.

As for calling it quits, I’m running out of ideas for the paradise series, and getting a lot of ideas, otherwise.  So,while I will revisit paradise in the future, it won’t be my main focus.

So, here, without further ado, is Sunny Chair Paradise.

 

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For those of you in NYC, I will be having a show in the month of September at the Birch Coffee House, at 5 East 27th Street, Manhattan.  There will be a reception Thursday, September 6, from 7:00-10:00 pm, and I welcome all my readers to come./

Hope I see you there!