Wednesday, June 13, 2018
More Figures and Random Thoughts
Monday evening was the first regular paid session of Community Figure Drawing at Whitewater, and there were two models, Joseph, who is very experienced as a model, and his protege, a young woman named Sage. For being her first time, she was also remarkably confident and composed.
Besides going to figure drawing, I went down to the gallery where I sell (or do not sell) my art. I have a small bin with matted works on paper, where my prices are very, very reasonable. Some have sold, but most have languished there a year or more. So, I took them home, looked hard at them, removed them from their mats, and threw them away. Why? They clearly didn't appeal to anyone else, and they had an aura of failure. Nobody loved them, so I found it hard to love them either. I dug into my stash of unmatted pieces, and took the new pieces to the gallery where they will either sink or swim. It's hard, sometimes, admitting that a piece of art you created out of thin air, that you liked well enough to send out into the world just isn't very appealing. But just getting rid of them felt surprisingly good. Like a purging and fresh start.