This past week has been spent in my least favorite art activities: the business end of being an artist. Humph…and what does that mean? All the paper work and computer time that goes into being a full-time artist. Like? Taking photographs (luckily I have a wonderful photographer who does that, though I still have to be around to tell him what I like or what I want done differently), burning images onto CD’s, applying to galleries and exhibits, keeping records (financial and otherwise), hunting down possible display venues, making flyers and newsletters — and list goes on and on and on. However, unless one devotes time and attention to these kinds of details one’s business goes nowhere.
I did accomplish a lot this past week and I am pleased about that. But I also spent an awful lot of time in front of this computer. Similar to Luann Udell’s statement “I hate…..” in a fit of pique (see her blog: http://www.luannudell.wordpress.com It’s quite wonderful), today I feel like “I hate this computer!” — only I know I don’t because it enables me to do so many things I’d otherwise not be able to do.
Sometimes I wonder though, why do I choose to run my art like a business? Is it really necessary? I always come back to the answer, “yes”. I work better (and more) when I have deadlines (applications to galleries and exhibits). I want to share my work with others (again, exhibits, galleries, alternative venues). It earns me money to keep making art, which is essential to my well-being.
And so….I sent out 3 applications for group exhibits. I sent out 1 application for membership in an artists’ coop gallery. I arranged to exhibit at a new alternative venue starting in January. I followed up on a customer interested in purchasing a piece. I am almost done with an email/flyer announcing some classes I will be teaching over the winter. I’ve catalogued the pieces I have on exhibit now and those I have promised and those that have accompanied applications. And I feel good about it.
Last week I did whip out 3 small color studies. Using pieces from the same fabric, a fabric I dyed, screen printed, discharged, etc. I experimented with different colors of wool behind them. It was fun. It was a good exercise and may even come in handy when I go to make a larger piece from the remains of this fabric. These were pieces I referred to in my last post as being “forgotten” in the dryer. They felted more than I might have liked, and are a bit hairier, but all told, serve my purpose. I will probably stitch, bead and matt them, turning them into low price point pieces. I think the stitching will be good and turn these not-so-exciting pieces into delightful studies.
Here is the wool layout for one with light blue and royal blue wool.
Now the fabric has been placed on top.
And here it is felted.
Here are the same three steps with the yellow one, followed by those same steps in red.
Finally, a couple of (lousy) photos of all 3 together.
And that’s all the news fit to print for this week.