In my recent travels to Santa Fe New Mexico and Siesta Key Florida, I had the opportunity to immerse myself into Canyon Road and fill my nearly empty cup of inspiration until it was overflowing. In Santa Fe, I managed to walk through twenty five or so art galleries before I had to catch the train back to Albuquerque. Watercolor art had a modest presence. Even less represented were the ‘hyper-realism’ still life paintings I have accustomed myself to painting. But I already knew this, and my speculations over a year ago about moving towards figurative work were spot on. Gallery prices were through the roof too, some upwards of 60k Were any of these selling? Who buys $60,000.00 paintings these days? The middle class art budget has all but dried up since 9/11.
There was one artist that sticks with me still. I was very fortunate to see a few Steve Hanks originals hanging in the Rio Grande Gallery. Simply amazing! Yet I feel that it’s in me to render people as well as I can glass, perhaps in time, as well as he does.
Santa Fe was great to visit and I definitely would recommend this cozy little town to anyone interested in art. I will be returning someday so I can take my time and spend several days in this western art mecca. By the time I hopped the train back to Albuquerque I had reached art overload an still hadn’t seen even a quarter of what was there.
Thanksgiving in Florida helped me refresh from a long summer of shows and a nearly absence of painting in the early autumn. Just sitting in the sand, soaking up the sun on Siesta Key with nothing to do was great. I got to just listen to the waves crash ashore in the warm sun. It really helped wipe the slate clean and renew my affinity for nature, family and just being. Sometimes the simple things in life like waves on the shore, amber and crimson sunsets or listening to trees creak in a gentle wind can remind us of our humanity and affinity with mother nature, all we need to do is stop a minute to listen.
For now there are some paintings I have to get done that were supposed to be done months ago. Five small marble paintings, a glass piece, one swim painting, a surrealism building picture and then I’ll be diving into figurative work. Anyone interested in modeling for me?
See you next year!