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My featured guest spot on “Artsy Shark”

This article was inspired by a conversation with Carolyn Edlund of the very cool blog Artsy Shark .  

It started out as a normal conversation on Facebook as I was asking questions.  She somehow was impressed with what I said and decided to write a blog post about it.  And I’m very pleased how it turned out.  There were many comments.  To date, I’ve had responses about artists visiting places like Italy, Australia, India.  Personally, I’m headed to Taiwan for a possible long-term relocation.  But I want to commit at least a few weeks to see if it’s a good spot for me.  I’ve connected with a few artists and read a lot about Taiwan.  I heard many good things about its culture and landscapes.  Boy, I can see myself painting on the beach now…but here’s a snippet of the article you can check out…maybe these questions you can play around yourself too.  Tell me what you think!

Where in the world would YOU travel to make art?

 

If you had no obligations,

If you had enough money to live for six months,

If you could travel anywhere that would inspire you,

 

Where would you go?

What would you do?

What would you create?

Technocolor Jinhae Bay

‘Technocolor Jinhae Bay’ 7×7 oil on board

I’m no liar, Creativity is the fire to go higher

"Acoma Church" oil on board

"Acoma Church" oil on board

 

Creativity is the fire we must light our ass to get the results we want.  Do you want results?

But we have to get off our butt to get anything done.

Damn, that stinks to high heaven!  I’m going to try a different approach what creativity means to me.  I never did it this way before.  I’m a poet, always have been, maybe it will evolve into a new style of writing, who knows.  But here it goes:

 

 

What we reach in our soul

we take the best we want to control

but fear will be our master

if we allow hell into our hearts.

To the devil’s delight we lie face down

to the ground of discontent and brutality.

Here comes now the cinema show of ugly reality.

Who can look it in the face will determine

the fate of the human race.

Try if you must, try to escape

there’s none for the heartaches.

The only tonic that I know is to light

a match to overthrow

the evils of devil’s delight

that burn through your soul

night after night.

But now it’s your turn

to let that fire burn

to ignite the flame that’s

deep in your heart

to breathe some life into

a life without some spark.

And if you want to get to heaven

if that’s your desire

light that flame and go higher.

 

The point is to get off our asses and do something creative, and I mean anything…right now!  I was inspired to write this post from this article.  Create or perish!

Going back to moving forward

"Lambertville Vista" oil on panel - my old home

This has been a strange and surreal winter for me.  I have relocated to Albuquerque, NM from Santa Fe.  I painted in Tucson, redesigned my website and started an online ESL course.  I needed a cheaper place but more important, a new fresh beginning.

But to get to new beginnings, you must revisit and tie up some loose ends in order to move forward with your life.

 

 

Sometimes you have to go back to move forward.

The wheels started in motion for me last fall, when I did two art shows in NYC (Nov) and New Hope, PA (Sept).  This involved two cross-country trips by car, so 8,000 miles of driving to do two shows.

Why did you do it? (I’m asking my alter ego here)

Because I saw the potential.  If you’re provided an opportunity to do something special and positive with your career, why wouldn’t you want to take a chance?  And I believed that I was going to succeed.  No way I would have done these trips if I thought it was going to bomb.

but it did…

I don’t know how, I had some great booth set-ups, some of my best work.  I was ready to rock the house.  But I faced the same issues as many artists do.  Lots of lookers.  Very few buyers.

i didn’t even make my booth fee back…

Ok, so you can see I did lose some money attempting to further my art career with these shows.  Plus, name any artist who wouldn’t do a NYC show if offered the chance?

Anyone?

But before I’m accused of going in self-pity mode, let me emphasize the positives of my trips…

  • I reconnected with some family I haven’t seen in 20+ years
  • I took girlfriend along to the New Hope Show.  I finally got to experience the country with someone else.
  • Went to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of fame
  • Swam in the Atlantic Ocean
  • Hung out with my good friend (who’s getting married next month, and I’m going to the wedding!) in NYC
  • Stopped and painted in each state I passed  through on the way to Pennsylvania.
  • Learned more about who I was each day

These are just a few things.  To grow as an artist, you have to grow as a person I believe, experience life outside your own little world.  I really enjoy staying home, but I also love traveling because it’s in my blood.  I have to do it.

…and I’m visiting the East Coast next month to attend my friend’s wedding.

…and I’m working to get my ESL Certificate so I can teach in Asia this summer.

oh yeah, what about the negatives of the trip?

I lost a lot of money, but look what I got in return.