An Update

“Greyhound Rock”
oil on canvas panel, 8″ x 10″
This painting is of a landmark north of here called Greyhound Rock. I have, as you probably already know, a fascination with the vivid colors of ice plant. On this day, however, the foreground ice plant was green . . .almost kelly green. So, taking artistic license, I chose to use different colors to help throw the focus up onto the rocks and sea. (By now you must be getting bored with this, but I can’t help myself!)

On another note, I should say THANKS to all who came to my open studio. Many artists, including myself, often measure the success of such an event in the numbers of paintings sold and the dollars brought in. I must take pause, however, this year for the obvious reasons relating to the economy, and make sure that I don’t drift too far into the mercenary mire of revenue versus artistic success.

Considering the financial climate we are all suffering, I had a fabulous open studio. The first weekend averaged about 130 visitors per day. The second wasn’t quite as well attended, but still, very worthwhile.

The studio was set up with several lessons that the lay person and artists alike would find to be interesting, such as a simple still life set up painted in 9 different color strategies to show how mood is often determined by the artist’s color choices. There was also a large board onto which I collaged (loosely) around 20 plus pencil sketches of preliminary studies. This board was next to two watercolor paintings (posted a few weeks ago) which were derived from those sketches. People found these displays fascinating . . . and the studio, too. ( Art studios are where mystical magic happens!) There was something for everyone from over 100 framed, original paintings on display around the property to the studio to the informative displays.

Open studios, as I reflect on it, are exciting and fun, like ‘open house’ kinds of parties . . . . . . . . .where friends and neighbors drop in, munch a little, chat, visit, update each other and eventually wander out refreshed and glad they came. This is similar, but there is much that happens in the way of expanded networking and being introduced to other artists and art events. In short, it is a function from which many new challenges and activities grow. Aside from selling nearly thirty paintings, this was a rich and enlivening experience. I could go on and on about the value (priceless!) of such events, but I shan’t bore you with my verbosity. Just know that with all the complaining about the amount of work, I will do it over and over again.

Thought you’d like to know how it went. If you came, thanks for coming. If you didn’t, I hope to see you next year!

4 thoughts on “An Update”

  1. You are an inspiration to me, Mike. You’re fully living the artist’s life. Me and a friend were just discussing the possibility of organizing a studio tour in our town and neighboring towns.

    I’d like some advise; how big a distance should the studios encompass. Or, what would be a reasonable distance to expect visitors to drive from beginning to end of the tour?

  2. Ours covers the entire county in three consecutive weekends, Silvi. But there is a TON of advertising and publicity to make it happen.

    I would suggest getting ten really good artists assembled in a 20 mile radius. Pull all your mailing lists together (everyone you know!), have cards printed and do a big mailing . . in fact, do THREE mailings to the same list. You’ll be surprised who will come and who will buy from you . . . .It is a thrill, believe me!

    What ever you do, Silvi, keep painting and listen to your OWN heart!

  3. Janelle . . .why not subscribe and have these posts come in the email? it’s easy.

    Thanks for stopping in and your encouraging words! Keep painting. It is a great tonic for living a great life!

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