Friday, October 25, 2013

That Old Excitment

"After The Rain", 8 x 10, pastel on Pastelbord
Well its a while after Sierra Art Trails open studio event. It was quite successful and enjoyable. As an artist getting on in years, I have cut back on participating in art events and traveling like I once did. I was represented in galleries throughout the west and had an active full calendar with shows, workshops and demonstrations. Nowadays I no longer show in galleries except at Timberline Gallery in the lovely town of Oakhurst some few miles outside the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. Don't get me wrong, I love where I live and while I don't do as much as I once did, I get tremendous fulfillment living where I do. I have my home gallery and studio where I teach classes and private lessons. I enter into a few local art exhibitions every year and love that and I have Sierra Art Trails every year in October. I have to admit I get a twinge for the more active life as an artist so when Sierra Art Trails comes along I feel that excitement. I love meeting the people and talking about art not to mention the motivation it gives me. It recharges my batteries and spurns me on in my creating journey. I love being and artist. I love my career. How many people can say that about what they do? My time clock runs 24/7.
Just a few days ago I painted "After The Rain" and posted it on Facebook when a day or so later actually it was sometime in the early morning hours I was awaken by a dream or thought that came to me ....You have already done a painting called "After The Rain". Oh well, now I have two. Here's the first one.

"After The Rain", 11 x 15, pastel on sanded paper.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sierra Art Trails 2013

My set up and start of painting.
So tomorrow begins the Artist's open studio event that takes place once a year here in the foothills of Yosemite National Park. This will be my 9th year and I'm still as excited as I was the first year. I will be demonstrating throughout the day for this 3 day event. Paintings I created during this past year will be exhibited, many for the first time. Lots of work goes into this event for me as well as the other 100 plus artists participating in this event. Cleaning and organizing my studio and home takes a lot of work and planning. It also gives me a lot of pleasure. Hope to see you over the weekend.

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is a big part of the work entailed, then there is marketing,refreshments, signs and a myriad of other detail that must take place.