Trying to remember the little things as I put together the final touches for my work at Art Calgary. One struggle I'm having is how to price my work; it was a lot easier when the gallery did it for me! The Art and science of pricing work can be stressful, things to consider: time, material, size, framing? I don't want to undercut the worth, but also don't want to over price, and of course, I tend to overthink everything.
When life gets busy, it is sometimes hard to keep up ones own creative practice. For many years now I have fostered creativity, passion, and technical expertise in my students and raised a family...which I adore, but 2018 is about me, not selfishly...well maybe a little. Setting the goal of working in my studio every day has resulted in five finished paintings in January, more in progress and more canvases in various stages of stretching and priming. Sometimes it is the small goals that help you reach the big ones.
20 hours of figure drawing in two days...a great way to spend the weekend. Poses ran from 1 minute to 3 hours. This one is white charcoal and conté on black paper.
Santosha: falling in love with the life that we have. Some people view contentment as settling...but contentment really happens when we stop wishing for or wanting for things to be different and start embracing our life as it is.
Henri Matisse once said, "creativity takes courage", as a process artist creativity is the easy part, the act of making becomes a history and dialogue within each piece providing more substance and depth to the the work. The hard part is pushing through the difficult times even when nothing seems to be working, and the courage comes when you put your work out for the world to see and open yourself up to criticism.