Monthly Archives: April 2009

A Part of the Journey…

“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…

"Vital Serenity" 40" x 40" work on canvas

"Vital Serenity" 40" x 40" work on canvas 2007

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. 

Live Sincerely

“Whoever lives sincerely and encounters much trouble and disappointment without being bowed down is worth more than one who has always sailed before the wind and has only known prosperity.” -Vincent van Gogh 

Ordinary Spectacle 36" x 40" work on canvas

Ordinary Spectacle 36" x 48" work on canvas


I just returned from giving it my all in Chattanooga at the 4 Bridges Art Festival. The trip was pretty disappointing. I had high hopes for strong sales of my new work – after 2084 mile round trip drive [mostly driven by my incredibly supportive husband] I am back in the studio trying to figure out what happened? I offered a variety of pieces, prices, payment plans. I had a number of interesting conversations with folks in my booth at the show. One of the “important” patrons [Madam X we will call her] spent a lot of time talking to me about my work – abstract is the only thing she likes to have in her home – she left without buying. Madam X also sent other folks to my booth – “you are X’s favorite you know” they would say to me, “your work is so interesting” – they left without buying. It continued on, those few who felt courageous enough to admit in the public that they actually LIKED abstract work  [I did realize rather quickly that to admire abstract work in this part of the south does require a lot of courage…why?] – left without buying. This went on throughout the weekend. One of the last visitors to my booth spent a long time, complimented the work, assured me he was impressed by my talent and then looked me in the eye and told me to be sure to keep it up – then left without buying.

Ok, am I missing something here? Do people actually believe that these shows are just a spectator sport? Am I missing a piece of the puzzle somewhere? I always believed that supporting the arts, supporting living artists, actually meant you should BUY something – keep them going – put your money where your mouth is – that sort of thing!!!  Enough – it is time to move on from that experience. Perhaps the stars just weren’t properly aligned for me last weekend. Not the first time, and probably not the last, I just wanted to vent a little bit. Deep breath. Move on. I am SO fortunate to do what I love to do. I had a bad show, it happens.  I choose to live sincerely even though I may encounter much trouble and disappointment. How do you know with out trying?  I choose to learn from this mistake – I just don’t know exactly what it is I have learned yet. I know I am better off for having given it my best. Don’t look back…

“There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.” – Sir Francis Bacon

Making Optimism a Way of Life

“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”
Lucille Ball 

"Rising Optimism" 24" x 24" Work on Canvas

"Rising Optimism" 24" x 24" Work on Canvas

Keeping busy. Yes! Making optimism a way of life. Trying! Really trying!! It has been a long road, the news each day seems more and more grim. Discouraging. I am making preparations for a trip to Chattanooga to exhibit at  an outdoor art festival [ 4 Bridges Art Festival] next week. I am reminding myself on a daily basis that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged! The sun is still shining, there are people who believe in the value of original artwork.

Havi Brooks wrote a wonderful post, [It’s not the economy.] Havi tells the story of a neighborhood store going out of business because of the current state of the economy. She says, Continue reading

Art Requires Courage

“Creativity is a mindset, an attitude. Regardless of how we feel – low or high or in between – creativity is always there.”
-Nikki Coulombe

"Simple Curiosity" work on canvas 40" x 40"

"Simple Curiosity" work on canvas 40" x 40"

This week I was reading a blog post by Sheree Rensel titled;  “Life by the Batch” it speaks of an analogy between life and chocolate chip cookies that she eloquently interpreted from an accidental viewing of a Joel Olsteen TV sermon. It went something like this “… if your life isn’t going well at any given moment, we shouldn’t get upset or see it with eyes of doom. Life is broken up into segments. Each part plays a role in the creation of the whole. We need to see the portions of our life in totality. Each event acts as an ingredient to the final product…” It goes on into how each part of our lives, the ups and the downs, combine to make the whole . It is so difficult to see the importance of those down times when we are mired in them. These days there seems to be Continue reading