Here are my thoughts and ramblings about my life as an artist. Whatever endeavor I take on, the creative process is a unique journey to discover wondrous hidden treasures bubbling my soul. Each painting, each photograph has its own challenges. The learning process and evolution is a continuous journey, but one that brings me much joy.
The explorations of creativity are fascinating and fulfilling. I hope you enjoy and find inspiration of your own.
Monday, December 22, 2014
Getting Ready for Another Exhibit
Bouncing back and forth between editing for the
InterTown Record, writing other stories and articles, and doing photography,
there are times when I feel my eyes are just rolling around in my head. A new
book is already started and the one started last year isn’t completed. “Too
Cold for Alligators” is printed and for sale, so that’s a huge accomplishment. And
of course it’s time to finish up the year-end reports.
This coming Sunday, two photographs need to be
delivered to the town hall in Exeter for the annual New Hampshire Society of
Photographic Artists’ show. I don’t have any idea what to bring. The goal in “getting
better” in 2015 is to print photographs to mat and frame at 16x20 inches.
Previously, they were either smaller or the overall size was 18x24 inches.
Decisions are hard. Should I print this photo or that
one? It’s hard to know what might catch someone’s eye enough that they would
want to make a purchase. Every time I think this is the one, it doesn’t sell.
People love the pictures, but too few are sold.
Right now, I’m feeling tired. It seems that these past
few months have been spent running pictures here and there. There’s the big push
to print, mat, and frame. The hustle to get the pieces delivered on time. Then
return to pick them up. Once one round is done, it’s time to gear up for the
And, as is often the case, the artist is never totally
satisfied. I see the flaws. Oh, if I had just moved that way a little. Perhaps
I should have added a little more contrast. There’s always something… but that’s
what pushes me to do better next time.