Friday, September 1, 2006
Still Have It
Cornfield Edged with Purple, 2006, Oil on Panel, 16x20
Things started out pretty well today. At least until they took a turn that is. This morning I needed to deliver a few pieces for a local arts organization's event "Art on the Lawn." I had some smaller pieces that had recently come back from a gallery so I put a few of those together and did the paperwork. Then I had to search through my sad inventory of work to find a piece for a fundraiser that my neighbor asked me to participate in (hard to say no when it's a friend asking!). I did errands in town and when I got home I spent some time taking care of the chickens and the vegetable garden, though I didn't go anywhere near the flower garden that badly needs weeding. Then I meant to go in to the studio and do a few more underpaintings, I really did, but I sat down to look at my emails, one thing led to another and I sat at the brain sucking computer again all day. Ugh! I am so annoyed with myself.
At least I definitely have to do things tomorrow. The opening reception for the show at Enderlin Gallery is from 4-7pm and then Doug and I have to race to Cooperstown to go to the Bob Dylan concert. We will probably miss the opening acts, but I am hopeful that we will get there before Dylan takes the stage. I knew the opening was scheduled for the same day as the concert when I bought the tickets, but previously all the openings at Enderlin had been earlier in the afternoon so I thought I'd be able to make the concert that same evening. It could all be moot anyway, as we are supposed to have terrible weather this weekend, and though this outdoor concert is rain or shine, I am not sure WE want to be there rain or shine.
My show in Cape Cod is over now and I am very happy with the results. They sold 15 pieces, mostly from the show, but a few from their existing inventory as well. One client, a scientist who is on the short list to win the Nobel Prize in chemistry, bought a number of pieces and a couple who had bought one of my paintings last fall bought two more to add to their collection, which is quite eclectic, I hear. So those are very cool sales. It still seems surreal to me that I have collectors! The gallery will also hang on to the pieces that didn't sell, which is nice, because it's always kind of a bummer to get work back, even if it is recent.
There was an interesting turn of events resulting from this show also. When we were there for my opening last month, Doug spent a lot of time talking to Glenn, the gallery owner and director, about the fossils that his company sells. Glenn wondered if he could put a few pieces in the gallery and so they agreed to do that. A week or so later, Glenn called Doug and told him that the artist who was scheduled for September was ill and wouldn't be able to do the show. So he was wondering if Doug was interested in putting together a show featuring fossil murals. Doug said yes and as I write this, he is there at the opening reception. I am not being a very good art spouse though. It seemed as if I had too much to do this week so I had decided not to go, but clearly I could have left for a few days without any problem. Of course, I would have had to wait for three days to see what Dodge would be saying about Rock Star:Supernova, and I would have missed out my fab post show meltdown.
Anyway, have a nice holiday weekend everyone. I will be back on Tuesday, hopefully in my right mind again.