Charity and Abundance

The first full week back in the studio since the holiday, and I’m slowly starting to get back into the swing of things.  I do admit that I did feel a slight void after unloading most of my inventory, but I think it will lead to new developments as time goes on.

The big “Winter Solstice Gala Fundraiser” for the Boston Neo-politan Chamber Orchestra was last Sunday, and it was a complete bust. One of the main billings for the event was the silent art auction with proceeds to benefit the orchestra directly.  I was impressed, because the event organizer had managed to round up 13 local artists to participate, and I was more than happy to submit one of my canvases.

I went to the event, listened to some great jazz music, drank some box wine and was able to network with a couple of the other artists in attendance.  The auction was to be the last event of the night, and there was a sense of nervous energy amongst the artists – me included.  What I was unprepared for was that not one of the attendees of this grand “Gala Fundraiser” bothered to bid on any of the artwork. Nothing!  It wasn’t as if a few of the artists fared better than the others, this was an across the board dismissal of all the artists that had bothered to submit their work, deliver it and then attend the event to pick it up in case it hadn’t sold.

I was not (and am not) angry, but more along the lines of dumbfounded and shocked.  If you can’t sell a piece of art work at a charity fundraiser in Cambridge, MA, then where can it be sold?

Believe me, the other artists were PISSED, and I don’t blame them for one second.  If I didn’t have manners, I could tell you all a little extra element about the whole thing that would have you shaking your heads even more, but I will leave it as it is.  It is a very small art community here in Cambridge and Somerville, and I don’t think anyone will be lining up to participate in fundraisers for this organization anytime soon.

The main purpose of my blog here is to chronicle my experiences as a working artist.  I’m sure that I will experience my share of bumps in the road as I make my way through this very rocky landscape, and I think it’s important to be upfront and honest about all my experiences, whether they are positive or negative.  This was one of the very few negatives.

One of the things that I love about painting that is very similar to my experiences in horticulture, is that progress and tangible results come pretty quickly.  When you plant a seed or stick a cutting, it’s just a matter of days before there is a change.  It’s the same when dealing with a canvas – from one day to the next, the results and progressions are obvious.  There is nothing stagnant about it.

The main focus this week has been getting back into the swing of things after taking a week off.  I have a variety of sizes to work with – 5″, 8″, 10″, 16″ and 24″, which gives me plenty of opportunity to stretch out and explore.  I have found that after working small for a time and then jumping to a larger size, that’s where the new ideas start to pop out.

Today, I focused on my 5″ Mini Mandalas.  I think this is a perfect size for a small meditation altar and can even be held in one’s lap for focused meditation.  They are a perfect travel size too.  If anything, they are fun to do and the possibilities are limitless.

For those who haven’t seen it, Scott from Circa Chairs  sent me the final image for our chair that we collaborated on.  Charles, his brother, is a top notch photographer, and I think he did an excellent job in capturing the true colors – not an easy thing to do.

Scott made a very tall lamp to accent the already tall chair, and the shade that I did, tops it all off nicely.

The opening for Scott’s show “The First 100” will be next Friday, December 17th, from 5:30 to 8 at the Mingo Gallery.  If you are local, please stop by and help us celebrate this event, which I think is the crowning jewel to a very productive and positive year.

Until next week, I want to give a warm welcome to all of my new followers.  I update every Thursday, so please stop back by.  To everyone else,  thank you for taking the time to be part of my journey!

Take care, all!

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