Saturday, November 03, 2007

Opening Night Report

A shot of the exhibit, complete. Overall, our work really complemented each other's. The entire exhibit had a very colorful, fun, aspect. Also, seen from the entrance, it looked FULL. This is a good thing...



Seen from the entrance. An interesting thing about showing my work...I always have a few paintings that are my favorites. These are works that I think are compositionally, stylistically, and emotionally heads above the rest. Funny thing is, very rarely are those the public's favorites. For awhile, at openings, friends and visitors would come up to me and say, "Great Show!" and I would say thanks, then ask if they had a favorite. Unfortunately, I soon realized that this put people on the spot. They usually didn't have a favorite and had to extemporize! As an artist, I usually walk into an exhibit, take a walk around and one or two pieces really grab me as interesting or fabulous. They have the "Ah HA!" that the other pieces don't. Is this just a thing artists do? I ALWAYS have favorites....


Opening night. I loved showing with Jean. She and are seem to be on the same level of introversion and we took turns hiding in the back room 'resting.' I have a problem with crowds and socializing for too long....wears me out and makes me crazy.

Overall, a lot of good comments on the show. People did seem to have the same 2 or 3 favorites of my paintings when I asked them (although not the same as mine!) and only 2 people---a photography couple---figured out that all of my paintings are built on numerical multiples within the images. Ha! That was a hoot!

I left the opening feeling a sense of relief, but also a bit let down. Openings are always kind of anti-climactic and disappointing...but I can't quite put my finger on what it is that I'd need to be really happy about them...... Somehow, I want more feedback from visitors, I think. Something more in depth, something more.....hmmm.....detailed? than just 'Good Show!' Also, I was hoping to sell some work. In this particular gallery, the sales happen more over the month the work is up than opening night, so.....I console myself with this info!


Found this reflection while moving my work out to the gallery....

So appropo....

Now?

I can start doing OTHER THINGS than this show! Yay! I have a long list involving lots of skiing and doing some new ink drawings and actually cleaning my house.....and finding a job. Sigh.

Ta, dear reader.

Until next time.....


Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Going to the Gallery

All the paintings are done, framed, ready to hang. Before any show, it's a good idea to get 'everyone' together to see how they look in proximity. In doing this yesterday just before loading them in the truck, I saw that the show lacked a little cohesion. It's obvious to me that my newest paintings are trying very hard to launch themselves off in a very different direction.
Also....kind of monochromatic. I need to get more colorful.



Second view of the group....




Jean Lester, Teresa Shannon and Tatiana Piatanova, artist and the Visual Arts Coordinator for the Fairbanks Arts Association. We all met at the gallery yesterday to decide wall spacing, placement, etc. Jean has about 25 paintings! Her nature and flower paintings are colorful and expressive with wild and free brushstrokes. In comparison, my images are very controlled and exacting. Interesting contrast.

Today, just a few details to be taken care of....