I’ve finally managed to cold call some galleries. Surprising to me, no one was rude, and everyone gave me instructions as to how to submit samples. It made me feel as if I should have done this five years ago! Then I think back, and realize, I was in NYC then, and competition was fierce. There’s a bit more breathing space here.
One gallery manager told me to bring in my originals at any time. Of course, I can’t bring them all, so a friend is coming by to give his opinion.
There are some drawings that I can’t show, though, because I’ve either sold, gifted or bartered them. Such as these:
Whenever I’ve gone to an art show, I’ve always found the obligatory displays of painting and fruit to be pretty boring. Yes, I realize there’s a matter of technique, but I’ve always thought of such things as elementary lessons in drawing and painting, an exercise, until you are skilled enough to do more ambitious subject matter. Or so it was introduced to me by my teacher. So, I’ve done my share of boring still lives.
I find though, use your imagination, treat it as a scavenger hunt, use the found objects as a Rorschach Test of what’s going on in your mind, and a still life can be a fascinating, moving composition. Here’s one I did a while ago, it’s kind of on the border of a still life and a landscape.
This is one that was fun as a small work, but didn’t quite translate well larger.
But it shows the promise of using a little creativity in what could be thought of as a boring drawing lesson. So, although I’m only up to doing my minimum 15 minutes of artwork today, I am doing a still life,that I hope is anything but boring.
Happy New Week, my friends
Here’s the sketch for this picture that I don’t have a title for yet. You can get an idea of the whole lost and found lines and color blocks. I may get a chance to work on the large version today, but like most people….today I go to my day job. I’ll be taking the late shift, so I have the morning.
In my last post, I mentioned “A Step Up” as one of my failures. I realize I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. It was the first colored pencil drawing after having a respite of several years. I hadn’t figured out exactly the direction I wanted to take in my work at that point. So, for those of you who haven’t seen it:
Goes to show what time and work can do.
I know it’s been a while. Life, no actually Facebook, got in the way. You know, you can neglect a lot of important things getting caught up in the drama of your friends. I went cold turkey for a couple of days, and now I visit infrequently. So, as a result, I finished the full-size “Pocket Paradise”. I’m quite pleased with it.
I’ve decided that since I don’t have the money to be a philanthropist, I’ll do what I can with my art. More charitable donations, more pro bono work. I’m still very interested in leaving the world a better place for me having been here. Maybe this is the way to get art to heal.
Here’s the first step in the large “Pocket Paradise”. I have the flag done, but realize, I don’t have the stripes a consistent width. I’m going to keep it that way….that’s the true impression the flag gives, and my work is interpretive, after all.
Had a rejection from a juried show, but was invited to resubmit according to what the curator’s vision for the show is. What can I do? My work is my work, I can’t make it something it’s not. So I opted not to resubmit. Thankfully, I have gotten a tough skin for rejection, and I’m very aware I have plenty of people who like my work as it is. I sent her a nice note despite this. Good not to burn bridges.
I’ve been busy at work! Here’s the small version of “Pocket Paradise”, and I am pleased with it. My mouth is watering to start on the large version. But today, I have a date to meet an old high school friend, someone I haven’t seen in 40 (yes, count them, 40) years.