i ate too much again. i do it every week. oh man. i tell myself i won’t and then i do. such a strange thing to happen over and over. my mom makes dinner every sunday and there is simply no way to describe the goodness cooked into that food. since i usually watch the gator games with her too, i ate over there 2 days in a row. wow. yesterday it was black eyed peas and cornbread. tonight it was breaded pork chops, this crunchy corn dish, zucchini and squash with cheese and bacon bits, and homemade rolls of course. oh man. i would have been fine had i not gone back for that second plate. it’s like i have no control whatsoever at that point. my body just gets up and is back at the stove top piling it on.
i need to get to the studio and finish this collage i am almost done with. just another hour or two and it will be ready for a frame. but i can’t seem to go out there with this overstuffed feeling. i laid in bed for a bit but i can’t go to sleep this early or i’ll really screw up my day tomorrow. so all i can do is sit at my desk. i don’t know. i thought about watching some colbert clips… somehow those guys (colbert and stewart) make the horrible news funny. the whole fight in washington is just so depressing. i really want to avoid the drama but it’s hard. i listen to npr, i listen to podcasts on the economy and politics. i’d really have to try hard to avoid the story. and i tell myself, if they come up with some “short term solution” i’ll certainly have to stop all media consumption so that i don’t lose my mind. it’s like eating too much dinner though. i tell myself i won’t do that again and then there i am loading up seconds. well, i tell myself i won’t follow the news if they start to drag this out for months but it would be a struggle to avoid. i am a consumer of news. especially when it comes to politics and the economy. those subjects interest me in an entertaining sort of way. but when things get so stupid as they are right now with the government, it is way more depressing than entertaining.
i am excited about the new body of work i am preparing for my december show at satchels. i love the story i just saw about banksy. banksy is this hugely popular street artist. his work is worth multitudes of thousands of dollars. he does street art and sometimes it gets stolen and sold. he does all sorts of crazy stuff and is always inventive. well, he painted a bunch of original canvases in black and white spray paint. he set up a stall in new york on the street selling the banksy original signed paintings for $60 each. he manned the booth with some old guy. i think there were 3 (maybe 4) customers all day. one lady even bargained down to half price for a couple she was getting for her kids. i love the last guy who said he just got an apartment and “needed stuff for his walls” and bought 4. anyway, what a great idea. he set his original work out there for $60 and barely anyone noticed.
i’d like to be able to compare that story to my show. i work so hard every year on these paintings and collages and i’ve been doing this for over 15 years. i’ve been an artist since i was a kid but i’ve been doing these yearly shows since i settled down and got married 15 years ago. anyway, i feel they are good. i think they will have staying power, meaning they will still be good in 15 years and i believe they are still interesting to look at. of course, i’m tooting my own horn here and patting myself on the back here and that’s all pretty pathetic but i’m being honest. i would not spend so much of my time making these things if i did not think they would appreciate over time and be able to bring pleasure to the folks who have them hanging. while i can understand that abstract art is still hard for most folks to process even in these modern times, i also think the images we choose to surround ourselves with are important. i am not going to spend the next 500 words going on about art and its importance because i’ll just sound more smug than i already sound, but i am surprised that more folks aren’t collecting original art. right now the show at the restaurant has two great local artists work up. both are priced really great. one guy does big canvases that are very well done and priced at just over $100. the other guy does smaller quirky work but with smaller prices as well. it seems like this whole show should sell out. there is so much people can afford and here is an opportunity to collect local artists original work. both artists have shown before and both artists will probably make work for the rest of their lives. there is some similarity to the banksy experiment here. sure, these local artists are not famous, but they have great original art just waiting on the walls for buyers. and the buyers come in and eat pizza and have a good time and never even think about it. or maybe they do. maybe people just don;t have the extra money. more likely it’s that folks don’t know what they like. it’s scary to buy art.
i’ve got a few folks that collect my work. that’s exciting to an artist. there’s the customer who recently texted me, he has a place for artwork and wants to know when my work will be up for sale again. hey, smart guy. maybe one day his kids will be selling my artwork to put themselves through college. you never know. probably a better chance of that then winning the lottery and you get the artwork to look at too. so much better than the lottery.
i have established some pattern to my work. i do a year of symmetrical work and then a year of asymmetrical work. i work from january to december and show that year’s work in december and january at satchel’s. right now i have almost 20 new pieces but they aren’t for sale or show until they go up as a show. the 2013 show. it’s like “open enrollment” sort of thing. the window to collect my work is basically those 2 months. not that it matters much. i may sell a couple. but i avoid the pricing of the work which makes them so much harder to sell. maybe if they all had cards with the title and price folks would feel more inclined to ponder a purchase, but i like just showing them without all that. i like to make people ask if they are interested. i realize it is a bad business strategy but i don’t want the paintings to become too much of a business anyway. i’d rather them be more like banksy and more like charlie and the chocolate factory. willy wonka waits to see if someone returns the gobstopper to know they are worthy of the chocolate factory. banksy puts out the work incognito to see what the response is. i am giving away a secret here when i tell you that i put my art up and hope that people appreciate it without knowing it’s mine or how much it costs…. and it’s not that i mind telling customers, hey, this is my work on the walls…. but there’s something comfortable about keeping it a secret of sorts. talking seriously to folks who are serious about buying one or owning one. but also being content with just enjoying them on the walls for the two months and not worrying mysalf if no one is interested, or only just a couple people. the work is not how i make a living, thank God. i do it because it is my favorite hobby. it makes my happy and brings me joy. i like that it will outlive me. i like that it will remind folks of me. i like that there are so many out there already and so many more on the way. i also think and hope, that they will get better with age and be appreciated more and more after i’m long gone. in 50 years will i be known for my paintings or my pizza place? neither or both? it doesn’t matter at all really but i think about stuff like that sometimes. my hope is that my paintings and collage are my legacy.