Art Shows and New Plans
Now, for many this is their way of living. Their income. Their life. Many I've gotten to know over the years. And their work. And how their work has stayed the same, and their displays. You see, with every show that rolls around I feel like I've gotta be like the Ringling Brothers and put on a new show. A great show. New products, new paintings, new banners, new displays. It is......exhausting. I think this crazy need to be over the top new is from being a retail owner. I know as a buyer I always wanted to be wowed with new with every season. But as an artist I need to remind myself that really what is inside me is just me. There is not a team of designers, product developers or an endless flow of cash to create a new line behind me.
The biggest thing I found this weekend was that many artists are desperately searching for a new way to survive. Survive. That's kind of a scary word for me. I don't want to just survive. I want to thrive. I want to be proud what I create and know that it is authentically from my heart and hands. I am not going to compromise my style for the times or trends. Or reduce prices because the venue suggests it. Heck, would you take 20% off your paycheck this week? Because when you ask an artist this, that is exactly what it is. This perhaps seems random and out of nowhere, but we were also asked in the email to commit to coming back next year. And although I didn't have terrible sales and had a lovely stay I am thinking that perhaps my time in the circus is over. Really.
One friend said she's got to find a new way to make a living, that shows were wearing her out. I laughingly said, "I think my new life found me". Teaching is and always has been my lifeline to a whole-hearted life. There were a few years where I tried to wear a few too many hats and fought the teaching hat. But honestly this weekend put a giant silver lining on my way to finding true joy. I'm glad I decided to embrace it. And really, really look forward to sharing my "paint something" series with you. (there is a page tab now at the top with information). And maybe even an online class is in the near future. Who knows. Without the stress of getting ready for shows there is NO telling what I'll have time for now. Oh, and yes....I am taking a year off from shows. I mentioned this already to a few. But now I am telling you. Whew. That was easy peasy. You'll still find me in the galleries listed in the side bar. And at Marist in October (for selfish reasons, that's my Christmas mad money show! and it's already paid for). But other than that, my plan is simple. Teach and paint. Paint some more. And maybe more. It is by far my favorite medium and it's time I showed it my full attention.
Sending great big thank you's to all of you who have come out to support my shows in the past. I am not going away. Just plan to be coming at you from a different angle. It's all a part of the big picture. So join me.....paint with me.....and maybe even attend a workshop or two! Looking forward to this new adventure!!