So, I admit it. I have been very selfish since I retired. Focusing on me, myself and I. Constructing the studio, signing up for shows, finding a place to do my art...... Most importantly, working on my health - building a stronger body that can endure the physical requirements of making large scale metal sculptures.
I was less busy than I thought I was going to be. My to-do list, ever-changing, continues to grow. (“Start writing a blog”. Check!).
September is a transition month. My last show was Sept 22. My inventory is good. My back is stronger. My shop is in order. Time to focus on others. Check out www.mintartistguild.org.
It’s an unflattering term artists use to describe the one piece of production art that’s sole purpose is to drive volume sales. It pays the gas bills, hotel, show space etc. - A necessary evil for the fine art purveyor.
My least expensive piece in my booth start at $45; too much for the impulse shopper. I needed something small, simple, desirable....worthy of an art show, yet affordable.
Some background, I have been using my clay Birds (aka glaze testers) to decorate my tables. At least once a show someone would tell me I should sell them (“Bingo!" Inside joke for other show artists). However, they were too simple. I needed to amp them up. During the Royal Oak show I was discussing this with a friend. I had built a bird nest out of scrap electrical wire for a metal and fused glass sculpture. I came up with the idea of combining the wire nests and my clay birdies. I debuted them at Art and Apples art fair and sold 3. I sold the other 8 at Funky Ferndale art show. Considering the time and repetition that goes into the series, I now understand why “art on a stick” has negative connotation in the art world. Making a few was fun. Making a dozen is mind-numbing. The opposite of what i expect from making art. I want my art to stimulate my mind, create challenges, push my paradigms..... so will I make more? Mostly likely, no. I’m just not an "art on a stick" kinda girl.