“Art is creative for the sake of realization, not for amusement: for transfiguration, not for the sake of play. It is the quest of our self that drives us along the eternal and never-ending journey we must all make.”
– Max Beckmann
I really hesitated to write about my not so great experience at a recent festival in Chattanooga. I did not want to bring attention to my disappointing experience – however, I am glad I did. It has been very uplifting to read all the suggestions and comments posted and to share that experience – to share that step of my journey as L. Duane Jackson reminded me when he said,“Chattanooga is part of the journey. Your star is ascending so be patient and continue on the path”. To remember that “for every piece of art, there is a collector out there. Getting them together is the trick.” Thank you BJ Wright for reminding me of that! I agree, my pieces often do eventually find their way to the right homes – patience is a virtue – I was taught that over and over again. My friend Ginny Herzog who told me, “we need to look at the bigger picture at a particular show…patience pays off”. [there is that word patience again…hmmm] Yes, thank you Ginny, you are right, it is all part of the bigger picture, the journey if you will. Fellow artist Kathy Casey who commented, “Hopefully, the MEDIA will give us a break and quit telling everyone not to buy lattes, eat out or buy non essential things (like ART).” How sad that we are so completely ruled by the fear that the media instills -perpetuates. I know the pain is real, I know the pain is VERY REAL, but it seems to me we are only prolonging any hope of recovery by living in fear. I am tired of living in fear! Mary Buek wrote, “I think it’s fear. . . the fear of spending any money at all… It’s tough to justify buying art when you’re eating ramen noodles for supper every night….” Ok, I understand that, but I refuse to live in fear, I choose to focus on “the quest of our self that drives us along the eternal and never-ending journey we must all make.” There are many other thougthful and supportive comments and I appreciate them all. Time to move on… time to take another step in the journey…
I am pleased to announce that the above work is featured on page 24 of the just released 2009 Studio Visit book [they call it a magazine] published by Open Studios Press, Boston, MA. Artists for this publication were chosen in a national competition juried by Michael Klein, Independent Curator. Studio Visit volume 5, is part of a new series of books offering artists an effective venue through which to introduce their work to a serious national audience of art professionals. Each volume features approximately 150 artists, who have been selected by professional curators. Studio Visit will be received by over two thousand curators and galleries throughout the country as well as private art collectors and art enthusiasts.
Painting is in a private collection.