It has been quite a busy and industrious past year and I am glad to say that It is over. Today is the first time that I have spent away from the studio and cleaned and begun to organize my home studio space.
At the end of each year, after the shows and sales of the holiday season I always take a look at the amount of chaos and clutter that I have left untouched since the beginning of the holidays. It is amazing to me, how much we collect in the form of clutter and useless objects that we think we are going to use, and yet I have accumulated piles of empty boxes and left things at home in heaps of “I will deal with this later” and finally I dedicated one entire rainy day to stay home and sort, clean and organize my home studio for the upcoming year.
At the start of each creative Year, I begin to assess what of my work was successful and the others that were not. As artists we are our own worst enemy and being critical of our own creative output is vital to know the real distinction between what is popular and what we personally like to create. My aim, as I did the cleaning today, was to see what, in my mind, is profitable and what needs to be tweaked or entirely eliminated. This, in order to move forward in one or more directions. Too many artists like to stroke their egos by continuing on the same line that they have always done and do not put any or little energy in how to continue with their work in order to satisfy their patrons and followers. Patrons and followers will not continue to to buy the work if it is always the same and will look for other artists who are willing to bring new inspiration to their work by means of format, evolution of style and naturally PRICE. I frequently ask, when I view other artists work if they sell well. When they reply “no”, and continue to make the same type of art to continue not to sell, this puzzles me about the lack of perspective.
In a time, when the change in the air politically and socially. We as artist, need to focus on this change of events to bring out other sides of our creative selves. Do not hesitate to create something dramatically diverse from what you have always done. It is more important to face the challenge and change your work, but more importantly see and hear the reaction to this new direction from others. We, as creative spirits, are at the mercy of our patrons, followers and new clients in order to pay for our artistic strife. Life of an artist is difficult,to be continually inspired in order to create. Especially in a time like this, where there is so much unrest and tension in the air of the things that will come.
In another blog entry “The Dark Series” my mood was too create darker images and versions of my work and have to say that I was able to channel my frustrations into something that was accepted with great enthusiasm and more importantly, GREAT sales.
As this year starts, I am planning to use the successes and failures of the last year in order to move forward and I have chosen some quite radical forms of artistic expression for 2017. I hope that you will continue to follow me and I hope that all of you will be able to choose your roads to creativity and be happy with your decisions.
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Just a quick shout out to all of my followers,even though it is late notice I would like to invite everyone to my annual Holiday show from December 16th( Friday evening) until December 18th (Sunday evening) at the Del Ray Artisan Gallery in Historic Del Ray, Alexandria. For more information please click the following link: http://delrayartisans.org/event/holiday-market-2016/ to see dates,times and other information for the show.
This is a small show that I participate each year where local artists make and sell their art. I have been a member of this organization for a couple of years now and believe it is important to sell LOCALLY and have the support of your community. Making everyone aware of what you do and to exchange ideas and information with other artisans to be able to make the artistic community stronger and where the local community has the possibility support us during the holiday season. I hope that you will all come out and support your local artists where ever they may be. Most artists will tell you, that it is not easy to put yourself out there , but necessary to stimulate new ideas and learn the ropes of artistic commerce.
Some, are better than others, but it is important to participate and take in the feedback from your followers, patrons and other artists in order to move forward with your craft or even change direction.
(Above) is a picture of my shared studio where the opening was last week. Sorry ,that I have only posted it now, but since the Thanksgiving weekend, myself and my studio partner have been preparing and cleaning the studio so that it was presentable for our studio open house. Hope you will all come out and visit me either at the holiday show in Del Ray or at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in studio #332
Since my last post, I have been immersed in a busy teaching schedule, one of the side lines of work to help keep me in touch with others to inspire and stimulate so each one of those individuals may learn a bit more and start to create a part of their lives whether they draw,sew or throw ceramics or what ever they puts their minds to.
It is important to stimulate the soul sometimes, especially times like these, when it is better to leave the technology behind for a while and concentrate on a creative task to learn something and use our emotions to help create. In other words, Turn your emotions into artistic expression. This is the catalyst for the work that I am doing now for A Holiday Season show. I am more content to slave away in my studio after hours to create something that has been drawn out of my emotions : a dark and black on black series of new works to express my feelings of late.
I do not know where this desire came from, but I am trying to channel the energy to work in a bit of a different direction. Less of what is expected of me…. where the making and creating is gratification enough, made a couple of prototypes of things that i have in the works, and some patrons came and bought them right away. Good sign in these trying times.
In my new space, I have met many interesting people and patrons and hope that this surprising twist to my work might take some people by surprise. Dark and a bit daring, to fit my mood which lately has been very dark and moody…
Stay tuned for new Works from the DARK Series for the Holidays…
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