The business these days is art. In January, I said I will do my darn best to stay in the studio and create art. I am making it my priority and although I still have guilt feelings that I am not doing something “worthwhile”, I am forcing my thoughts differently! I have to ask why that thought is there to begin with, though… it must have be something inherent from our society. My mother is an artist, she didn’t instill that feeling in me. Maybe it comes from hearing too many comments like that I read this week on Facebook, “If your talent isn’t enough to sell your work, get a real job.” This was in response to NPR and National Endowment of the Arts proposed funding cuts. The problem in the statement is not his opinion, but his use of “real job.” It should read “another job.” This term invalidates art as a viable career choice for all artists, even the wealthy famous ones. This is the thinking that must change. Imagine a world without art….printed material done without thought of layout and design, houses built by placing room next to room without thought of presence, children’s literature without pictures, even Google without the fun icons created for special days and people. Art permeates our world, time we valued its worth.
I have applied to and been accepted to show my art in the first annual Jasper Artfest in Jasper, Georgia during the middle of April! Yay!!! This means I have to have art to show!!! Budding new opportunities to anticipate!
This week has been productive. I am painting small creatures in front of patterned backgrounds that suggest wallpaper. The patterns are inspired by various bits and pieces. Here are a couple painted recently…
These are small paintings, the top is 5×7 and the lower one is 5×5, both are acrylic on canvas.