Thursday, January 24, 2008

Art as life... life as art?

Assorted 4" x 4" Blocks Each hand painted acrylic on stretched Gallery style wrap canvas. $15.00 each (3 or more $10.00 each) Designer Decorator Block 2007 4" x 4" Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas $15.00 each Today is about trying to get back into the saddle and move forward. I have a lot of painting to do. I have committed to doing several of the Sugarloaf Art-n-Craft Festivals. Besides having to produce the vast number of 2-d and silk products that I need for that kind of (rather expensive) multiple exposure show, I am also creating the table covers, wall unit covers, set decoration, and displays for the booth. At this point I figure I have to finish painting and framing about 150 new works, plus some 200 pieces of hand-painted and constructed silk garments. My partner and I spent the last year narrowing down my focus and fine tuning my techniques to produce the lines that I am creating in painting, art, and wearable art (such as the small affordable Designer Decorator Blocks pictured above). While I have a good idea of my abilities and my limitations, I also know that each piece of art I work on is furthering my sense of self, my exploration of art for expression of my vision of the world and my dream for a happy life. I am also working on my techniques for different art media, and creating my livelihood. Like most artists I struggle daily with schedule, with finding faith in myself, with the "sell out" or quit mentality of "is it art if it is not in a museum". Lately though I find the struggle becomes more and more about the fact that I didn't build a business at being an artist because I wanted to be rich and famous. (Although as everyone does I need money to survive and for art to at least pay for itself.) But I have a business because it is how I share my life with the man I love. We work together to promote my art, to focus on the coming year and what our priorities are. At times I wonder if my relationship were to end, would I still pursue a career in this world of art? The answer is, yes! Art is how I share my vision of the world with the man who is my soul and my inspiration. Ultimately it is a reflection to me of how I see myself. It helps me to examine my own vision of the world, my priorities in life, and my principles. "Create Beauty and fill the world with love is not just a by-line motto for a blog... It is how I try to live my life, have a relationship, and yes, run a business too! Back to the art work! Til Next time Create Beauty and fill the world with Love! Wynn