I delivered seven paintings to the Rappahannock Art League Studio Gallery on Friday morning. They are being considered by the gallery jury for possible acceptance as a hanging artist there. The way this gallery works is that I’m basically going to rent space in 6 month increments (in my case $120 for a four foot wide section of wall space for 6 months), if accepted, and then pay a 25% commission to the gallery and provide 3 hours (maybe more) of volunteer time, to be in the gallery.
Some would consider this not such a good deal, but considering that I have no large body of consistent work (I’m sort of all over the place with subject and style right now) and I know the gallery has a pretty good walk through rate for being in a rural community and I’ve seen a number of red dots as well as Sold signs in the last few months; I think it will work pretty well for me.
I did adjust my pricing scale upwards quite a bit, per the suggestion of other artists. I figure if I need to bring them back down, I can do that, too. We will see what happens.
In addition to getting all of those seven framed and wired for hanging, I also framed and wired four others. Three of those four will head out to the Mid-Atlantic Pastel Society Exhibition in Colonial Beach in November.
Which means, I need to get back to the easel. And I know that once I do, I’ll be fine. But I’ve been rather unhappy with my work the last month (other than one that came out of the workshop last week).
And I’m tired. Which is actually a physical reality for me right now. I’ve been going to bed at 10 or 11 p.m. and waking up at 3 or 4 a.m. Until two nights ago when I went to bed at 8 p.m and woke up at 4 a.m. and last night (finally) went to bed at 9 p.m. and slept through until 6:30 a.m. For the first time in a long time, I actually feel okay today.
So, the goal today is to get into the studio and work towards completion of a scarf on the loom (it needs to be off the loom by the last week of October so I can put on a project for a weaving workshop the second week of November).
And I want to paint from this photo I took at the Fall Fiber Festival and Sheepdog Trials. I’ll have to do something with the plastic background (it was covering a pile of hay bales that the dog’s handler was leaning up against). But I love the dog’s expression as he is watching another dog herd sheep and is waiting for his own opportunity to get out there and work. So, the title is going to be “Waiting to Work”. So, gentle readers, so I do it in pastel or oil or do I try it twice in both?