Posts Tagged ‘artwork’

Why It’s Called “Submitting”

Friday, February 1st, 2013

It takes courage to submit artwork to a show. First, in order to select your best work, you must become objective about it, admitting that it’s not all your best stuff. That’s humbling. And educational.

Then you have to follow the rules (easier for some of us than for others) and meet a deadline (again, easier for some than for those of us used to working at our own pace, according to no particular schedule).

And we must, figuratively speaking, prepare to shove our fledglings out of the nest. Have they learned their manners? Are they appropriately dressed? Will they get along well with their peers? Can they hold their own in society, or even make a name for themselves?… It’s not that easy to let go!

You must name a price for your artwork. But how do you assign a monetary value to effort, experience, materials, and … (admit it) emotional ties? You may start by setting a price in the stratosphere … but then you have to get real, ignore the emotional ties, and base it instead on practicality and your pre-established pricing guidelines.

And then you relinquish control.

Subsequent rejection is humbling once again. Acceptance is gratifying but not entirely empowering. You still have no control over how your work will be handled, how effectively it will be displayed, or in what company it stands. You have learned to submit. It isn’t easy. … But sometimes it pays off.

120501 Jamaican Hat Vendor

“Jamaican Hat Vendor,” (#120501) one of my three submitted pieces, was accepted for the 2013 National Faces and Figures Exhibition, sponsored by and located at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda, Florida. The exhibition is running from February 2 through March 8, 2013. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll drop by to see it in person.

Taking Time Away

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Drat that old catch-22! I needed to get away from the studio so I could do better work, but the very process of getting away has made it more difficult to pick up where I left off.

110602 Where Today Meets Tradition

It was time to recharge my batteries, get a change of scenery, learn something from the old masters, and stimulate my creative juices. So in early May, my husband and I took a two-week trans-Atlantic cruise that led into an additional two week tour of Italy. As exemplified above in “Where Today Meets Tradition” (#110602), the month was filled with people and experiences and scenes we’ll long remember. My wonderful, digital (film-free!) memory cards recorded more than 5000 pictures from which I should be able to draw subject matter for a long time to come. Our European sojourn was followed by more domestic travels, including a family wedding, which kept me away from my studio for an additional month.

But now that I’m back home and anxious to get back into some serious painting, I find much of our time is filled with catching up on the “little (and some not so little) things” that fell by the wayside during our absence. It was a welcome and necessary hiatus, but it has been difficult to get back into a productive artistic mode since our return.

The question now seems to be where do I go from here? How has my creative thought process changed, what have I learned, and how will my artwork reflect these changes? I’m afraid that only time will tell. Learning is often subconscious, and despite brilliant ideas and concepts flashing like lightning bolts across our minds, the transitions our processes undergo are often so subtle as to remain unnoticed for a long time. Or if a new process is consciously applied, it takes time to polish and perfect it and make it our own.

Stay tuned. I hope to develop several series in the months to come, based on images from our recent travel experiences. But they will have to develop one painting at a time. So bear with me, and together we’ll watch what happens.