Being an artist means spending hours alone in my studio working inside my own head. Every now and then I need to get out of that interior space and get some outside in-put . Having a group or even just one other artist to talk to helps a lot. It's great to get positive feedback but constructive criticism is even better. I hope for honesty but some good words are always welcome. I always thought I could become a really good artist. As time passed I realized it would not be as easy as I thought, in large part because I didn't start until fairly late in life, so I had a lot of catching up to do and needed all the help I could get.
I have learned a lot from other artists while socializing, whether it's some new technique or about workshops that might be of interest or a presentation by one of the artists There is always something new to learn. My library of art books has grown over the years. Two or three are getting worn with wear. One of the art groups I belong to has a nice little library I avail myself of when possible. Now there is google and youtube which I love.
Networking helps to find new galleries as possible venues to show my work as well as other places willing to show art; for example: restaurants, libraries or civic centers. I have two places willing to take all paintings I create.
Putting on a show with the group has taught me some things about what goes into arranging an art exhibition, from in-take of art to displaying the art to arranging for an opening reception.
All exposure for an artist is good. Groups have media contacts and websites that have helped make my art most visible and accessible.
Another excellent way to learn about how to make good art, I believe, is going to art museums. There is nothing like seeing a painting in real life rather than in a photograph.
These are very trying times for most Americans. As an artist I have to say something about my feelings with my artwork. I want people to look at the art so I re-painted something old in a new way It's not perfect but it's something. I found a website that might be helpful. www.widewalls.ch/political-art/ Click on the link to go to that website. Below is a painting I did called Small Man, Big Woman.
I looked up "abstraction" and there were several slightly different definitions. I liked this one best: ab·stract
I have always hated entering art shows because basically it's a competition that you pay to enter without any guarantees that you will get in. You don't get your money back if you're rejected (they say declined) and if you're accepted you feel like maybe you're a worthwhile human being after all and then you go to the opening and see all the others who were accepted and you eat and drink and talk about everything except the work. Well, maybe you do say you love it. Some people get money prizes. Sometimes someone actually sells something. Obviously we don't do it for the money. I suppose we do it because, #1: we can't help ourselves when it comes to making art. #2 We like to go see what everyone else has done. #3: Who doesn't love to get a little dressed up and have a glass of wine with friends who are as relieved as you are that they got in. I am happy to say that I did get a painting into a show I entered at the Anton Art Center in Mt. Clemens, MI. The show is named the Michigan Annual XLIV (44th). You can see the painting below. It is a narrative painting. I have a story in my mind which I'm not telling. I want the viewer to figure it out for themselves. I wonder if others would see the same story I do, or a similar one. I am happy to say it won an honorable mention.
This is a video made by the Bath City Beat to publicize a show I was in at the Anton Art Center in Mt. Clemens, MI.
Today was a very hot and humid summer day, then a brief storm passed through, the temperature took a dive and the humidity too. I am watching the deer prance with joy after the rain and the birds are so happy they are all singing at once. The frogs add their wonderful bass voices and we have a country concert. Here are a couple of pictures of some of the creatures that spend time around here.
The moon never stays the same. I love to see the moon in its various phases but I could never understand what causes it to change all the time. I found this blog that explains it pretty well. So now I can relax and just enjoy looking and dreaming up ways to express how I feel about Luna.
Crescent moon like
A Cheshire cat
That is smiling sideways.
When I was a child I thought I would like to be a movie star or a nurse. I didn't do either one. So I worked at different jobs. I got married, had children, worked as a waitress, a veterinarian's assistant, a claims adjuster, retail sales in an art gallery and in a women's clothing store, where the owner didn't think much of my sales ability so she had me walk her dog a lot. Which was fine with me because I liked her dog better than trying to sell over-priced stuff to business women. I became a docent in the art museum then I decided to go to school to learn how to be an artist and here I am still learning.