October has been a happy and busy month with the show at HYPE Gallery and my gigs as a participating artist gallery-sitter through the month. I don’t know about the other artists in the show, but I love being at the gallery and talking to any and all who wander in.
The good news now is that the show has been extended through November.
I’ve met so many interesting – and interested – people and have enjoyed engaging them in conversations about the work on the walls as well as, in a few instances, their own work.
Artists like to see what other artists are doing, so it’s always a reasonable guess that some of these folks are also doing creative work. A few of them have been musicians or working in some other creative field. More than one has been involved in high tech, and my abstract paintings have been of particular interest to them. I like hearing about what they see in the abstractions.
“Blue in Green,” ©, 2016, 20 x 24 acrylic on canvas
One of my choices to do abstract work is the whole idea that the viewer can add his or her own narrative. When I have the chance to hear that narrative, it’s especially gratifying for me.
I’ve also sold some pieces, always good news, including one that’s on its way to Germany, purchased by a young couple touring the western United States. I was happy to meet every buyer and to know where the pieces would eventually find their homes. Although selling artwork online is popular, I don’t think it’s for me. I have too much fun getting to know the folks who enjoy the work, although I’d be happy to make the sale to any of my readers who might be interested. We’ll just have to get acquainted some other way.
One couple who started taking art history classes “just for fun” during their early retirement bought one of my first collages and were already discussing just where it would go in their home as they walked away, happy owners of one of my own favorite pieces, one I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted to sell.
Selling one’s work, all of mine are originals – no prints, is a lesson in letting go. But when we know our work is making someone else happy, that’s a good thing.
In his book The Art of Loving, Erich Fromm wrote about generosity and noted that the most generous among us are not afraid to let things go because they know they can create more of whatever it is – money, love, art… I keep that in mind.
And now I’ll have another month in the gallery – more art, more conversations, maybe more sales. As we say in southern Cali, “It’s all good.”
“Celestial Bodies,” ©2016, 11 x 14, mixed media collage on illustration board
Hype Gallery/Studio Door in San Diego’s North Park Arts District
3750 30th Street, San Diego, CA
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