Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Top 10 Things Overheard in My Art Booth in 2015

I continue to be amazed at what people say at an art show while they're in your booth looking at your work. Let's face it:  it's a small space! You can hear everything - the good, the bad, and the unusual.

(Insert drumroll here). . . here are my "top ten" conversations, questions, and comments overheard in my art booth in 2015:

  1. "I hate to admit it, but I DO like these colors."
  2.  "We hung your painting above my easy chair. Anytime I'm sitting there, my wife often looks over and smiles at me. I thought she was looking at me. Turns out she was looking at your art."
  3. "Are you related to Elon Musk?"
  4. "I'm glad you didn't put any birds in this - - that would have really screwed it up."
  5. "Now this is work you can look at for a long time. You can just sip your wine and keep discovering something new. Pointing to a larger sized painting:  I'd need a whole bottle for that one". 
  6. "That orange reminds me too much of the countertop in my Mother's home. I don't want that orange in my house."
  7. "I can see why you won an award; they're very beautiful."
  8. "I thought Tesla was a car."
  9. Lady in my booth picking out a few paintings. Her husband is outside of the booth with his arms folded, and says: "Do I need to hold your wallet for you honey?"
  10. "Where are you from?" (me: Atlanta) "So, what do you do in Atlanta?"

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Leaving So You Can Come Back Stronger

Looking out over the Pacific.
I've done a lot of paintings this year, including starting a new abstract series entitled "Chrysalis". Long days in the studio, several shows, and new galleries showing my work. All in all, 2015 has been amazing! Its' hard to believe it's almost over.

My husband and I just returned from Mexico. We stayed at a retreat without electricity. It was lush, beautiful, and quiet. No schedule. Time seemed to go by slowly. It felt like a real break.

It occurred to me how great it is to just get away so that you can come back stronger. Going to a foreign country where the people, the language, the food, and the landscape are different  - - is exhilarating! Lots to see and experience. Your senses are heightened and you can't help but be inspired. 

Cat holding her new 12"x12" Chrysalis Studies.

Of course I couldn't wait to get back into the studio. But more importantly, I realized how important it is to get away - whether to another country or just taking a walk around the block - it's critical for an artist to do this for themselves.

 “I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown; for going out, I found, was really going in.” 
~John Muir