But my intentions were good! Honest! I just got busy with other things...like wallowing in self-doubt and enjoying angst-ridden evenings worrying about if I have what it takes to do this (be a full-time studio artist), etc. so, I hope that you'll forgive me, blog. I promise to try and do better from now on.
So, what have I been up to then? I mean beside the negative self-talk loop that has been playing in my head? Well, mostly I have been in the studio everyday painting as much as I can. I had (and have) this urge to build an inventory of finished canvases. Why? I don't know. Maybe for an on-line store...or just to have multiple pieces ready for placement somewhere at the drop of a hat? I'd say that about half the days spent painting were absolutely great and the other half felt like a disaster. But, I think this is probably normal (you know, the 'bad' days). It's just that spending 7 or 8 hours painting, only to have what you've done that day turn out to be less than beautiful, feels really awful as an artist. It brings up all kinds of self-doubt about what I am doing. I feel as though I am still finding my voice as a painter...and this can be frustrating to say the very least. One thing for certain that I must stop doing is comparing myself to other artists. Doing this is not very helpful to positive motivation for creativity. It's not like I don't know this and yet I still find myself doing it again and again. In fact, this whole journey of being a full-time studio artist is putting to the test everything that I already know about being a happy and grateful human being...and forcing me to go more deeply with it. It wants to become more spiritual (my process of approaching painting)...and I am resisting that. Why? I'm sure it has to do with remaining in control. Anyway, I'm fading here (See? Resistance.)
OKAY. More later on this, I promise. But for now, this will have to do.
So, how about some pictures?! Yes, let's do that!!!
I spent part of July getting ready to place several pieces in a very cute salon here near downtown Orlando called Lambs Eat Ivy. A dear friend, Brad Fletcher, mentioned my artwork to the owner, Lisa Perillo, and after a few emails between the two of us, she said she would love to host my paintings for September and part of October, which was great. I really work well with a deadline and a concrete objective and here was a chance to work under those conditions. The paintings have been hanging for about three weeks and Lisa says that they have received a lot of praise from her clients and also her stylists.
So, here are the installed pieces in Lisa's great space in Thornton Park in downtown Orlando. These paintings are executed in tinted plaster and acrylics:
|In the entrance area hangs 'GiddyUp', 48 x 72.|
Along the salon's hallway hang (from left to right) '1964' (24 x 36), 'Blissful Thing' (30 x 40),
and 'Mark-O' (24 x 36).
'The O in Joy' (24 x 30) hangs in the rear hall near the powder room.
|Here hang (from left to right) 'Cafeteria', 'Playground', 'Recess' (all 20 x 30), and 'Duality' (on the far right). Reflected in the mirror on the far left is 'Energy and Idealism' (24 x 30).|
|Here is a good image of 'Duality' (24 x 30), seen to the far right in the previous image.|
|To the right of the mirror is a small piece I constructed out of my vast collection of used paint stir-sticks. There is a close-up image below of this piece. This constructed work is titled, You Have It All'|
|'You Have It All', constructed of used paint stir sticks and varnish. The title comes from some printing that is on one of the stir-sticks.|
Now, has a piece sold there? No. but it was an enjoyable effort to create the pieces and add to my inventory of available works. Perhaps a salon's clientele is not my target audience, but nonetheless, it is putting my work out there. It is all valuable experience, this I know to be very true.