when i was out traveling one thing that i heard a lot was that art sales are down, followed by some kind of statement about how this was discouraging the artist from wanting to make art. so i've been thinking about this connection between art and money. it's not a strong connection for me, but for many artists it seems to almost define their practice. i also spent time in the world of art academia, where my sense was that people think you need to go to school to become a Real Artist.
what is this thing that makes artists feel that they have to sell their work for it to be valid? what is this thing that makes us feel like we have to go to school to become an artist? what is this thing that makes us think about other people's reaction to our work as much as our own feelings? in the midst of my ponderings, i read this post by zen dot studio, which couldn't have been more timely...
'i do my own thing' ~ oil pastel, colored pencil, watercolor on muslin, 3" x 4"
and then all of the sudden i was seized by a knowingness that i'm gonna do what i'm gonna do and that's that! i quickly drew/painted these two pieces and smiled a big smile... and i'd love to send them off to a new home (together - they seem like a couple). if they look like something that you'd like to have come live with you, just mention it in your comment; i'll draw a name before my next post. and, thank you!
they're the first pieces i've done on muslin that was prepared with this paint. i love it; it's zero VOC, zero carcinogens, and very low odor. of course it's not as green as milk (cow or soy) based paint, but i think it's as green as acrylic paint gets. i like the consistency of acrylic paint for priming muslin... a quart was $14.99, and it's gonna go way farther than craft acrylic because it's a lot thicker. and no plastic container!
i cleaned off the back wall in my art room to make space for my new catherine woskow cards. the yellow head painting was in the window at davis and cline gallery in ashland. oh my! talk about love at first sight!! i also made room for gregory grenon beside her... i left this huge so you can see some detail if you click.
i finished the tie from the last post. running stitch is the perfect activity for ponder filled days...
on the inside... silk from recycled saris...
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"My art lies in a very private world. I am deaf to teachers and museums and only listen to my inner needs. It is from that which I paint, that which I confront the art world directly."