“Summer Hummer” Watercolor with some gold medium, 5″ x 5″
“Caracara” Watercolor 5″ x 5″
One of my favorite bird naturalists at Sarasota Audubon, upon hearing of an unusual sighting, rather than discount it, will tilt her head and say, “Well, it could be. Birds fly, you know.”
Such a simple, concise statement. Simple is in my mission statement. With that as a background, I have decided to end my relationship with the gallery.
Frankly, framing and schlepping paintings to the gallery every 4 to 6 weeks is interfering with retirement. Perhaps if I’d sold more, I’d reconsider. But most of the art selling at this particular location is large abstracts. While my colors are bright, and my brush strokes can be bold, that isn’t a direction I plan to go.
Painting what I consider pretty things is my niche. And, quite frankly, I paint for me. If someone else is touched enough to want to purchase my work, I am thrilled, but it’s not necessary. My passion comes from the making of the mark, the physical spread of paint on the paper and the spiritual aspect of being only in the moment as I decide which color to pick up, or where to lay down my next stroke. And if my paintings go unsold, so be it. There will be one hell of a browse box when I pass.
I’ll remove my paintings from the gallery on the 31st. However I will have several paintings at Sarasota Audubon’s Nature Center starting March 31st until they close for the season at the end of May.
So what exactly does this mean for this artist?
Simply put……Freedom. Break out the paper, the supplies that sit waiting to be used. The acrylics, the graphite….and whatever else has found it’s way into my wonderful studio. Or maybe I’ll just keep the watercolors busy. They are my soulmates.
In any case, I’m plan on flying, painting on the wing!
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