I don’t often take the time I should to just do nothing. Life these days always seems busy and I feel that I lose touch with the things that I enjoy a lot. Obviously painting is one, but I often find myself longing for the outdoors and nature. Right now I’m sitting out back on my patio… it’s dark out, and there’s a refreshing cool wind blowing from the north. Considering it is still 83F out at 10:00 PM, the breeze is nice. There is a choir of crickets and every other nocturnal bug singing in unison as if under the sway of some conductors baton. Stars twinkle overhead between passing clouds and the world around me prepares for sleep. Some soft music is playing while my faithful companion, Sam lounges just out of arms reach watching over me and the yard while I tend to this blog. Topping this off is a fresh glass of red merlot. One could argue it doesn’t get much better than that, and frankly I can’t see much in the way of disagreeing. I can only ask myself, why aren’t you out here more than once or twice a month? The answer is time.
Just as much as I would like to sit out after a long day and soak up the evening I don’t. Our family is very busy. Our house in a total disarray due to some remodeling, and Jenny and I are blessed with three active kids. It seems like the choir list and running never stops. Perhaps I will miss these days, when the nest is empty and I have only time on my hands. I miss my art too, much akin to the feeling of being constantly late for something. I’ve not been in my studio doing any new watercolor painting for almost two months.
The last piece I completed: “Made in China” a 22″ x 32″ watercolor, was the last and largest of a triptych of still life paintings which have done rather well for me. The first painting: “Firestorm” won the Juror’s choice award at the McLean County Art Center’s first watercolor exhibition back in July. This painting, along with the sister piece; “Facet“, sold rather quickly. The last of the trio will go to the Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival tomorrow.
For me there has been no way to predict sales, set any type of goals or have any expectations. Doing so only results in disappointment. Working at McDonald’s has more stability than trying to sell art in this economy, and even at minimum wage, is more profitable. This begs the question whether festivals are even worth the time and effort. What is the alternative? Galleries? Ebay? Book Covers? If you have any ideas do tell. I’ve often thought about doing book covers, but how do you get a foot in that door? I’ve always thought about showing in galleries, and have had some recent offers. One comes from a downtown San Francisco establishment called the The Galiara and the other; The Pod, The latter is just down the street from my art studio. And on that note I’ll see you all on the next post, where I will be discussing my short experiences with The Pod and my hopes for a presence at the Galiara on the west coast.