Warts and All

warts and all

Warts And All

Warts And All Notes

I want to remind my readers that this blog is my personal journal about my warts and all journey and life as an artist. I do consider my readers to be the most important part of this blog, but sometimes the blog is not pretty and bright. Sometimes it is dark and full of self doubt.

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Warts And All

I show the world my warts as well as my victories for a reason. I want artists who live with their own doubts to know they are not alone. We are all weak sometimes, especially me. The blog is my personal journal which I share with others. Sometimes it may not be what they want to read. I don’t have to live up to my readers expectations do I?, since it is my journal. Sometimes I must struggle with what might seem obvious and simple to someone else. I welcome all comments both positive and negative and don’t wish to live in a sanitized world, but understand that it’s my privilege as the writer of this journal, not to live up to your expectations ever.

Warts And All

Sometimes I will be bratty and self involved. Sometimes I will be clever and upbeat. It is all the real me. Please continue to comment whenever you wish to, but we may not always agree on what is best for me. I welcome all comments, and questions, always!!

Warts And All

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The thing is, it’s really ok to be afraid of things. It’s ok not to want to do things when we know we must. As long as we do what we must, it’s still ok not to want to, in our deepest souls. Somehow some have gotten this idea that we have to put up a facade that says to the world that we are brave, upbeat, full of self confidence, that we never allow criticism to hurt us, that we are super person. We must be oblivious to pain and doubt. We must let it roll off of us when we fail, having no fears about anything. If we show any kind of weakness, we have failed and are a disappointment to our friends. I believe those who struggle with demons and admit them, are far stronger than the fake people who won’t show fear and flaws.

Warts And All

I want to be remembered someday as an artist who had a real journey through life, full of triumphs and failures with everything in between. I don’t want to be remembered for my press releases, but for rather who I really was. I guess you could say I have enough self confidence to love myself even when I am afraid and low. I hope that is true for all artists. I don’t always do brilliant work. I don’t always agree with other artists. I am strong willed and opinionated about what is right and wrong.  None of that matters. Not be of us is perfect or wonderful all the time.

Warts And All

I’ve been through two and a half weeks of an RA flair up and it has been depressing. I realize that not being mobile has brought me low. Soon, I’ll be back to my manic self with more projects than I know what to do with, happy as can bee with my too busy schedule. Let’s all allow ourselves to be imperfect.

More musings for artists and collectors to come….

 

Today’s Recipe

Crab Quiche

1/2 c mayo
2 T flour
2 eggs beaten
1 c half and half
8 oz crab meat, canned or frozen and thawed
8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 onion finely diced
1 pie shell unbaked

Mix it all up and put in the pie shell. Bake for 45 minutes at 350.
Yummy!!

Career Apathy

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Career Apathy

Career Apathy Notes

Occasionally I am called on to help with projects with other artists. I constantly find career apathy from many artists.

Artists tend to be apathetic about the business and marketing side of art. They just want to paint. Wouldn’t that be great? I wish! The fact is that every opportunity we skip over or ignore, hurts our career. Even when they are offered free publicity, they don’t take the time to use it wisely. “I’m too busy” is the common excuse for this career apathy.

Career Apathy

Many of these artists don’t really have to make money from art. They have other income streams, by spouse or inheritance, or a sideline job. However, being a team player should count in group situations. A consistent response of unity should count.

I’ve been working on a specific project to assist a group of artists with publicity. I asked for a few thoughts and a short bio and photo to make a nice poster image for each artist. So far I have three responses out of 35 artists. One of the three is in a summer residency in another country but will do this for me. Who knows why 32 artists would choose to ignore this opportunity for free publicity.

Career Apathy

I don’t have a lot of sympathy for artists who complain about their sales and career. Most of the time they have made little to no effort to help themselves. This concludes my rant for this week.

More musings for artists and collectors to come….

Today’s Recipe

Pie Crust

1 stick butter

1 8 oz cream cheese

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

Use a pastry cutter to mix everything into small crumbles. Press together in a disk on parchment paper. Refrigerate for one hour. Roll out with a sprinkling of flour on top. It will need to be rolled out thin. It is flaky and good!! I use it for pot pies.

 

Every Day Chores


Every Day Chores

Every Day Chores

Every Day Chores Notes

I have multiple every day chores as a painter. I have an acrylic set up in one area of the studio, oil in another. Casein at my work table in my office. They all require set up and maintenance. I am not a slob artist. I’m very particular about clean brushes, palettes and so forth.

 

As I restocked my equipment one day, it occurred to me how much I love being a painter. It’s not just putting brush to canvas either. I love ordering supplies, ordering the beautiful wood panels from my carpenter, anxiously waiting for their arrival, gessoing them and toning them. I love the process of laying out my brushes, the palette colors, the plans at my design table, the preparation for the next painting.

Every Day Chores

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I love writing this art blog, though it may be of no interest to others. Looking at the posts, thinking about the process and writing about the plans, problems and solutions to the painting and marketing process is all part of the life of a painter. Perhaps I have marginalized that part of my job in the past; skipping over the day to day activities related to being a painter.

Every Day Chores

Perhaps it is maturity that brings me to the understanding that the travel plans, the lists, the correspondence with gallery directors, museum directors, other artists, and collectors is just as much a reward as the painting time. I want to savor every part of the process that I have taken for granted all of these years.

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I had a glass half empty attitude about the every day chores of my career, thinking they were infringing on my painting time. I have started to think more in terms of the glass being almost full lately. Perhaps when things start heating up, when I’m tired from a difficult commission, too much travel, family obligations, I may think of it as half empty again, but for the most part, I will savor all of the craziness that goes with being a full time painter, allowing it to enrich my painting process as well.

Every Day Chores

If I can impart nothing else, I hope this leads others to understand that how we live as painters deeply effects how we paint. This was a significant milestone for me in understanding what it means to be a painter. Joy in all aspects of my career enhances my ability to be focused and calm in my easel time.  I know many artists who only want to paint. They don’t want to put in the time to manage a studio, market their art, or even spend time with their collectors.  They take away the control and the joy of their career, though they don’t realize it. I am extremely happy in all aspects, because I am so grateful to be a full time painter.

More musings for artists and collectors to come……

Today’s Recipe

Chicken and Dumplings

6 boneless chicken thighs

1 can chicken broth

1 8 OZ package of cream cheese

2 chicken bullion cubes

1 cup water

2 finely diced carrots

2 stalks celery diced

1 onion diced

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp chopped or dried parsley

1/2 cup corn

1/4 cup green peas

1 diced tomato

1/4 cup wine

Put all ingredients in crock pot and cook on low until chicken is tender.

Make a slurry of cornstarch and water to pour in and thicken the sauce.

Use Bisquick to make drop dumplings. Turn crock pot on high and drop dumplings in. Cover and steam until they are firm.

 

Class Separation

class separation

Class Separation

Class Separation Notes

I think a lot of artists think about the class separation in our culture. They worry about where they fit between dirt poor and filthy rich. Not only are they worried about their fit with other artists, but also about how they fit with the elite collectors.

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This occurred to me recently and I’ve been thinking about it. Several artists tell me that they would love to have studio parties, but their homes are not up to inspection by their wealthy collectors. They feel shame that they can’t have a wonderful space to receive guests. They are making a mistake. Their collectors don’ really care about what their house looks like.

Class Separation

I have been having studio parties out at my place for many years. Before my studio was remodeled two years ago it was a wreck with old carpet, drop ceiling tiles, ugly painted exterior, poor lighting, etc. My house is 60 years old. We are gradually improving it. Last year new floors, this year a remodeled new guest bathroom, next year the house will be painted to match the studio. The road is a disastrous dirt track that winds through the woods. Now and then somebody does some work on it but it is bad.

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Class Separation

Guess what? people don’t care! They still come to my parties and for studio visits. I don’t have to be rich or live in a fancy place to please them. I have a collector who visits regularly because we are friends and she likes to enjoy our afternoon tea party. I have many, highly educated and affluent friends who have much more status than I do, but they don’t care!

Class Separation

We artists live in an interesting place in our society. We have the privilege of knowing highly influential people, with fine homes, socializing with the wealthy. We have a highly refined skill that appeals to them, thus we are exposed to wealth and that lifestyle. We need not feel inferior due to our own circumstances, or superior to others who have less than ourselves. Our status only holds us back if we are captive to it. In the end, status is a false sense of empowerment, and means nothing a the end of our time on this beautiful planet.

Class Separation

My advice is to clear off the dining room table, put out your paintings and have a good party with good eats. People will come if you make it fun!

More musings for artists and collectors to come…..

Today’s Recipe

Green Beans

2 (12-oz) bags fresh trimmed green beans
6 cloves fresh garlic, finely chopped
6 pitted  dates, coarsely chopped
1 lemon, for juice
1 tablespoon honey
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans, finely crushed

Microwave beans following package instructions. Chop garlic (1 tablespoon) and dates. Squeeze lemon for juice (2 tablespoons). Combine lemon juice, honey, and red pepper.
Preheat large sauté pan on medium-high 2–3 minutes. Place oil and garlic in pan; cook 1–2 minutes, stirring often, or until garlic is lightly browned. Stir lemon-honey mixture into pan; cook 1–2 minutes or until thick and glossy.
Add beans, dates, and salt; cook 2–3 minutes, stirring often, or until beans are hot and glazed. Crush pecans into crumbs. Transfer beans to serving platter; sprinkle with pecans and serve.

Artists With Bad Karma

artists with bad karma
Artists With Bad Karma
Artists with Bad Karma Notes
Artists with bad Karma are a plague. Most of the artists I know are thoughtful people who go out of their way to be kind. Most of them have been really like a family for several years. We assimilate new people a few at a time and rotate in and out of  events during the year. I look forward to my time with them, talking shop and catching up a few times a year. Most of them would lend you their last dime, give you anything and generally tend to send patrons your way if they can’t sell to them first.
Artists with Bad Karma
They congratulate when you sell and console when you get skunked. They are amusing, droll, and  a lot of great fun to be with. They tend to not be overly competitive and are amazingly kind as a group. They befriend you whether they paint better than you or not. It really doesn’t matter to them. They simply love to paint.
Then there are the artists with bad karma. They often come across to promoters as the nicest most successful people, and they often sell well. Underneath, they are rude and  deliberately cruel to other painters. They spend a great deal of time bragging about their many sales, counting the number of sold signs on other artists walls, sneaking around with cameras to take photos of other painters work and generally making snide comments about their own superior career and that of their friends over the other artists. I actually know an artist who tried to get another artist thrown out of their own gallery with lies and innuendos.
Artists With Bad Karma
One artist like this can ruin your day and make you seethe with disgust and anger before the event is over. They have poisonous personalities with a superficial charm that can fool many. The more time you spend with them, the more you see their manipulation and mean spirited personality. They get away with it because they are cunning and they know who to suck up to look good.
Artists with Bad Karma
Then there are the types who begin to believe their own press and that they are superior to the other artists and spend a lot of time telling the person in charge that they are superior and need not follow the basic rules like framing their work, paying the usual commission and so forth. I’m talking about the important rules that all of us must follow in order to have a professional cohesive show which will help the organization to sell work. I mean artists who rarely dress appropriately for a more formal event, or who don’t bother to show up for many of the events, because they are more important than anyone else. They are late arriving, late every day and late turning in their work. They complain that they have a poor space, but they arrived last. Rules and curtesy don’t apply for them.  I’m not saying that I like going to events night after night but if I don’t want to, I should just decline the invitation. These artists need to read the contract before the event to know what is required of them.
Artists With Bad Karma
I think this kind of personality probably exists in every profession, but it is somewhat depressing to have to deal with their drama in an otherwise wonderful event. The spread poison through out the artists. They use cliques as a way to look superior and any artist who paints uniquely or unlike the “cool” people, is not so subtly shunned. I think as artists begin to excel and build a name for themselves, they need to be aware of this and to make sure they don’t start believing their own press. I have seen this happen to some truly good artists and they suffer for it in the end.
Artists with Bad Karma
I know that I don’t fit well into groups. I am a loner by nature with strong independent traits. I learned eventually that group events aren’t right for me. The politics and backstory elements are difficult for me. I have gradually eased away from many of these events and have become a better painter and a better person by removing myself from these situations . Some artists thrive in the competitive atmosphere. I do not.