Now that school is in full swing, I’ve become a blog slacker. I feel bad about that because I had made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t be a quitter and then, you know how that goes, life happens, and all sorts of junk takes up the space of what was supposed to be art time.
I’m in a full stop pattern with regard to creating new artwork with the exception of art samples of lessons I create for my students. This is such a weird thing. Like a music teacher who doesn’t sing or a gym teacher who doesn’t exercise. Drawing becomes this foreign language that has the magical capacity to come back to me (like riding a bike) when I do a demonstration in class and that is always a little weirdly wizard-like.
It’s not that I no longer believe in myself as an artist. Last night I finally watched that movie filmed here in Syracuse – Adult World, about a girl who thinks she is going to be the next great poet and I have to say I found myself identifying with John Cusak’s professor character so much. Yes, it’s great to believe in yourself but not everyone is going to be great on the first try was his mantra even though he had become a well-known poet in his youth. I’ve been making art for many years but I am certainly no financial role model, no great business woman, and so I mostly give away my artwork, art that truth-be-told was made for myself as another character in that movie stated about his own, and not with the intent that someone else would get it and in the process get me, despite what I may have said in previous blog posts, lol. So I guess that makes me both the successful and the emerging artist simultaneously.
I’ve had many art shows in the past, peddling my paintings all over the place, wherever opportunity smiled at me. My watercolors were particularly of interest outside of this area possibly due to their formal principles-led abstract expressionist style. I sold four to one person visiting Syracuse from NYC several years ago when they were on exhibit at Pastabilities Restaurant here in Armory Square, four or five to a friend from Connecticut, many to my patrons in South Florida, several during a stint with a gallery in Rockville, Maryland and this one in Boston. For a year about ten years ago or so, I was the house artist for a hair salon (known as the Best of Boston according to Vogue magazine at the time) James Joseph Salon. http://www.jamesjosephsalon.com/
As I reflect on these photographs, I can’t even remember which pieces I’ve sold or given away as gifts and which are still in my possession. They are all currently wrapped in brown paper and stored away in a hidey-hole. Such is the way of the world for an artist with a lot of inventory who, for a self-professed organized person, keeps lousy records.
My www.linkedin.com activity has summoned another opportunity though, and many of these pieces will see the light of day and maybe even get a chance to live on the walls of strangers’ homes instead of cluttering up my limited storage space. I was invited to participate in an event called Grape Expectations, a wine tasting benefit to raise money for Catholic Charities of Oswego, NY. It’s happening Sunday, September 28th, 2014 from 3-6 pm at the River Vista in Fulton, New York. Kathy’s Cakes will cater and Canvas Moon’s going to perform. Tickets are $25.
It will probably blow my mind if someone comes up to me and says, “I read your blog” or something to the effect that acknowledges I am in some way successfully navigating a marketing strategy that will catapult me from rock bottom to someplace else. But of course, you can only go up once you hit bottom and that is the kind of optimistic course I choose to plot while wearing my Dorothy costume and humming Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
4 thoughts on “Grape Art Expectations”
I really enjoyed your blog and love your paintings! I think there may be a few things we can do to help your optimistic course while wearing your Dorothy costume. 🙂
Thank you, Chris, I think. What did you have in mind exactly?
I enjoyed reading your blog. I think anyone who is involved in any type of creative activity can relate to what you are saying.
Don’t give up. It is better to say that you are trying than to give up. Continue to do what you like for yourself.
Thanks, Domenico. Even though our aesthetics and styles are different, artists are in the same boat emotionally speaking. Encouragement helps.