Friday, January 14, 2011

Trade-offs...

Assorted notes from the artist life:
  http://www.free-press-release.com/news-multifaceted-benefits-of-wearing-amber-jewelry-1260326180.html# For neck pain(from heavy lifting), I wear an amber necklace all the time...(it's the B12 inside that does it for me)...

  Do you tell your spouse when you are about to make a decision about your art career, whether great or small? You know what? Though it is a hassle, & takes time, & you may not get your way, telling your spouse about a purchase or place where you are going or some other materials decision might help you in your career...If you are married, or living as such, it is actually a bit of their business to know a little about what you are doing...My husband has helped to steer the boat for years, he pushed me away from acrylics, & pushed me further into oils, he pushed me away from making prints & pushed me further into only producing originals, he pushed me away from bad commission deals with galleries & he pushed me into a situation where I can show with only a 1/3 commission given away...Joseph has also helped me to steer away from turpentines, away from animal hair brushes-actually away from all brushes & I now use a knife to paint, away from pricier foreign paints & towards more locally made paints that support our local economy & are cheaper to buy because of less shipping...Sometimes I get mad when he restrains my spending, but then later I find out that it was for good reason...If you have a spouse, even if they are not in the same field, you might want to consider letting them into your artist life...Then when you spend 5 thousand dollars on art supplies, you don't have a big fight...

 




  On Climate & Art tastes: Ok, so you live in very very hot Australia...It is hot...Hot & sexy...Sex is everywhere...It's hot...So the prevailing art movement is to dampen the hotness...Aboriginal cubism, obliteration of likenesses, abstract themes, these are welcomed in sophisticated homes where the collector or collectors are trying to dampen the hotness...
  Now, you are the artist & you move to cold, cold, cold, Canada...Did I mention it's cold? Cold...Cold, & not very sexy at all...So, sophisticated collectors are looking to hotten up their lives...They lack hotness & need hotness...So what do they want? Hyper-hyper realism, plenty of likeness that spells it ALL out...Pornography, (please forgive me) does so well in Canada it is basically endorsed & supported by our government because they know our birth rates are low...Nudity sells well in Canada...Photography...Because of the coldness, collectors are looking for a remedy in their art...
  So the maverick like me in Canada leans towards abstract expressionism...The maverick artist in Australia leans towards nudity...Neither are popular really, because Canadians don't need to sublimate more, & Australians don't need more nudity...
  So, how could I sell more if I stay in Canada? By giving the people what they want- more realism...(coldness also makes people less likely to want to stand & THINK about a painting- they want an answer fast before their toes freeze)...How could an artist in Australia sell more? By creating more art that sublimates the hotness- abstract work that cools down the sexual energy...
  What am I going to do about it? Aw heck I'm a Virgo...a puritan purist pure sort of person...Naturally lean toward sublimating abstracts...Well, I could sell my work to someone from a hotter climate? Or I could give my people what they want...Ugh...tough decision...ugh...




  I had a dream the other morning...I won't tell you the whole dream, but there was a part where I was the first person to figure out that if I added a huge amount of oil to my ride I could get down some mysterious path, like a giant water slide...Maybe a worm hole in space, made to appear in my dream like a giant water slide...My achievement was huge...But when I plopped out of that giant water slide with the oil sliding out with me, I was first...Meaning, I was all by myself with my achievement...I realised when I woke up that being first means there is no one at the end to cheer you for getting there...I feel like that alot in my art career path..."Yay! I got there! Gee, where is everyone?" ...


Ideas that have crossed my path recently: (or reiterations of ideas I like)...
 1) Goals: Stating goals publicly can fool you into not doing them...(as if they were already done just by the talking about)...
2)Patience: Putting off short term pleasure for a longer term reward is a sign of someone who will do well later on in life...
  Note: These two above thoughts (put in my own words) were added to my own via joining a group called Conspiracy, through ArtBizCoach.com ...
3)Sublimation: Richard Serra referred to sublimation...I take it to mean abstaining from sex in order to do better work...
4)Plein Air: Painting, drawing, being, outside in the fresh air, for the quality of light, for the health of it, for the economy, for ecology...
5)Expressionist: Rather than describing nature closely (impressionism), the expressionist allows departures whether great or small to indicate other intent like mood...ie: depicting rain as purple to indicate a crazy day...
6)Alla Prima: Painting all in one shot, not fixing up, not touching up later...The freshness & unity of alla prima painting has always gripped me...(Though the complexity of layering intrigues me, I shall probably return to my alla prima roots soon...)




Jadzia is one of our intact lady bengal cats...


  Last year, a piece I painted, got into a museum collection...

  Last year, another artist had a baby...

 Today, I got into an elevator carrying a large umbrella lamp to take a better photo of a new work of art...

 As I entered the elevator, a mother stood with a baby in a large baby stroller...It was hard for both of us not to notice each other's occupation...

 Me & my husband, my husband & I, are both artists, full time...We haven't had any children...

 For me, I was waiting till everything came together, not knowing that an art career was not really a come together kind of profession...

 For my husband, who grew up with a biological sister & 6 adopted siblings, adopted siblings with various disabilities, having children was not exactly a fantasy...

 How it has turned out for me is that while other women are choosing daycares or universities for their offspring, I am breaking glass ceilings for women artists...

 I guess I am ok with that...

  For my husband, it means that he loves me, & really only me, & he is financially free without burden or baggage...

We are best friends & life partners, truly husband & wife...

 Still, I am glad the holidays are over...

 The truth is I am happy with how things turned out...It is just hard to get it out of my head what society wanted me to be...

  I feel that if now I decided to have a baby, that my career would sort of be secondary...

 I'm not sure that is what God wanted for me...

 I guess we'll see...In the next few years my time will be up...The window will have closed...

 Unless, that recurring thought I have, unless I have already had children, & I wasn't told...I keep looking back & wondering if somehow I sired a few children without knowing...Like I sowed my wild oats & some of them took...

 Is it possible for a woman to sow her wild oats & not know she has had kids???

 I look at young adults who are near to me...I study them..."Could you be one of my wild oats?" I think to myself...

 It is definitely possible...There is about a decade where the facts are blurry...Maybe?

 Hmmm...

That would be way easier...To have already had children, but just wasn't told...

All the rearing, raising, done already...Would be nice...

 Then the whole thing would be under my belt (so to speak) & I could move on with my painting without wondering or regretting...

Here is a painting drying in the studio now called "Tempesta" (it means Storm), 36 by 48 by 2-1/4 inches of oils on linen, hand stretched, copper & black steel tacks no staples, no animal hair brushes, no brushes at all actually, no turpentines, no rabbit skin glue, walnut oil paint made in Montreal, eco-dammar...