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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

February 24, 2006

Looking at the titles of my previous two posts, you have to be saying to yourself, “This person is a nutcase.” I mean, who else but an artist would keep manufacturing a product, only selling the occasional one, and whine and complain about not having more raw materials? But there’s a hint somewhere within the previous entries. Can you say gesso???

Just kidding, really. A lot of these paintings are good, solid work. All are consistent with the color field category, not the crazy other experimental stuff you see on this blog. They are beautifully and expensively photographed. Some are licensed for giclee reproduction. Others are listed in portfolios for future design trade projects. A sizeable number of them are included in a list for purchase consideration by my local county government. Then there is a solo show coming up in June, and a possible show at Tampa International Airport a few months out. So of course I can’t paint over them. Therefore, all are in limbo at the moment.

We are talking about a serious storage problem. Artists don’t talk about this a lot, but I do hear it from time to time. It’s hard to think about to continuing to produce work and add to what is already a huge inventory. But I know I will. Of course there is always paper, but I’ve thought that over for a long time as well. Paper is even more problematic to store, display, and preserve. And it’s expensive to frame.

And still the fact remains that a painter must paint.

Take a look at Paul Dorrell’s blog. I discovered this author, gallery owner and art consultant when listening to an interview with him on our local community radio station. I haven’t yet gotten his latest book for artists about marketing art, titled “Living the Artist’s Life” but if it’s anywhere nearly as entertaining and informative as his blog entries and his on-air personality, then I’m in for a treat.

And that radio station I mentioned? Check it out as well. The best little community radio station on the planet. You can listen online.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Karen permalink
    February 24, 2006 1:37 pm

    Hi Martha

    What’s wrong with this picture? It looks like my living room. And my studio. And my spare bedroom. And my basement.

    With the lovely work you are doing, don’t stop now. Just dump some furniture and fixtures. Likely leave hubby till last.


  2. Christa permalink
    February 28, 2006 4:07 pm

    I can relate to storage problems, even though it’s a lot easier to store drawings than canvas. Since my drawings are between A5 to unlimited, the big ones I have to roll and keep in sturdy rolls. While canvas takes a lot of space, drawings need a place where they won’t get damaged in the edges and corners.

    I’ve got several portfolios where the paper is protected in plastic pockets, but I will always have more drawings than portfolios.
    This is why I need that store/studio so badly.

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