5x7 inches, paper collage
I'm not sure where this image came from. The blonde on the stairs was a page from a small paperback tabloid from 1953, and there are lots more '50s style cheesecake photos from which to choose later on. The image of Adams and Eve was from a discarded library book, and the bobcat and chipmunk were in an old elementary school science text. I just started layering and arranging and this was what emerged.
Last night just before bed I opened an email from the reporter who wrote about me and my artwork, saying that the article would be in today's newspaper. This did not make falling asleep easy. All I could do was remind myself that it was done and out of my hands. This morning I retrieved the Gazette off the snowy step and took a deep breath. There it was, on the front page. The good news? The photos turned out fine, and the article made more sense than I remember making in the interview. There was nothing that would annoy other artists in town (I hope). In short, there was nothing over which to lose sleep, and I have been hearing from friends all day. Looks like I needed to have a little more faith.
I also acted on an issue that had been bothering me for several weeks. A local animal rescue group is sponsoring a fund raiser January 22, and has been soliciting art for the one day event. The original application was due before Christmas, and because the organization required a $50 entry fee and a piece of art for their silent auction I decided not to participate. There were other issues. I don't have display boards because I don't usually do art fairs. I rely instead on selling to individuals and through a local gallery. Right now I don't have enough framed work to make much of a showing, and my emphasis is not on animal art. Then there is the issue of a very sluggish local art market, especially for framed pieces. Sales have been slow for professionals and nonprofessionals alike, and I didn't like the idea of spending a whole day at a table and being lucky to get back the entry fee, much less come out ahead financially. But then I got a telephone call asking me to reconsider, and an email. Obviously these folks needed more local artist participation. But my original concern remained, and I just could commit to the event. Still, I wanted to help, so I donated a couple framed pieces that need a new home. I hope that will help the group (and hungry critters) and salve my conscience. It'll make a little more room in the closet anyway.