The Pastel Palette Method

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Two Days to Opening

Each day I get up in the morning and go to my customer service job (one hour commute each way). This is where I make my money to pay bills. Its for 8.5 hours a day. I try and make sure that I am able to work somewhere that I can forget about it about 15 seconds after I punch out. This is what Einstein said to do. It works. I am able to paint freely without financial concerns that creep into my art commercially. My philosophy is to paint like the painting on the easel will be your only expression about who you are and what you are about. Its then that you are forced to be more profound.
Art for art's sake, I do not believe it. I feel art is is about sharing life with another, much like a message in a bottle from a deserted island. Art is an act born out of a need to connect. When it is honest, humble, kind and down to earth, it connects with a multitude. Too many artists today feel entitled (and you know who you are) .
Do I want to be free to paint without a full time job? Of course I do. If that happens I will be very happy. Does being a fulltime artist mean I am a successful artist? Not at all. It will make being a successful artist, much more difficult because success is a test. Success is a test to see that being truthful and humble while struggling financially is easy but while financially and critically applauded is most difficult.
Thanks for letting me ramble on. Having a body of work up on the walls for all to see is like being a naked for all to see.
Take Care and Keep Creating,

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Unscheduled break yesterday

Yesterday I was under the weather. Work, artwork, preparation for the show, all caught up with me. I did not do much except work a little work on a portrait. We are framing the remaining pieces and getting ready for the hanging on Friday. The "time out" was good yesterday. It helped me to regain my perspective that its: God first, then family and then my art. The other stuff is window dressing. That's not to say that window dressing is not important.
When I was a kid my Mom would always say to me, "You can not paint these beautiful pictures and put them against the wall of your bedroom. You need to get them out in the world where people can see them." There was also a time period in my life, 10 years to be exact, that I stopped painting seriously. I had gotten into gardening, karate, computer building to name a few distractions. One day, I was showing off a huge radish that I had grown in the garden ; My Dad said, "You should be painting."  I was so mad, but you know what, he was 100 percent right. There are many, many factors in my life that make me feel good and fulfilled, but I am not right until I am painting. Painting is not the most important part of the puzzle but its a huge piece.

So, this show, this weekend,  is a summary of the last few years of my life; The ups and the downs the triumphs and failures. The paintings are real and that is what this show is about. Its about the huge piece of the puzzle. I am doing what I should and thus I don't grow anymore radishes :).
I am painting and the paintings are no longer against the walls of my studio but out in the world. Thanks Mom and Dad.

Monday, September 27, 2010

A 15 day Video Blog in the works.

I am thinking of doing a 15 day video blog or VLOG of my life during this crazy two weeks. I have a full-time job, a gallery opening and creating artwork at the easel. I think it will be interesting to those who are struggling with wearing lots of hats in their life.

Just a few days to the opening!

Spent the weekend getting frames and wires and cups and arranging paintings of the show with Margie. Its a great deal of work but a great deal of fun. We are looking forward to this Saturday, October 2nd. Yesterday I spoke with Carmine Pelosi, the gallery director and everything is in order. We even have some publicity on the radio this weekend. I bought 400 cups for the wine.

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