I took a long break from blogging because I wasn’t sure I was going to continue blogging. I felt stale, lethargic, and uninspired, and I didn’t (and don’t) want to project that onto my readers. That being said, I feel rejuvenated, ready to get back to the business of my business which is making my art. I have a lot of ideas in mind that I will be incorporating over the coming months. I’m not going to talk about it, I’m just going to do it, and I hope you’ll like the results. A lot of this motivation came from reading other blogs, and especially from reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. What a wake up call. What a great message – get out there and do YOUR work. And part of my WORK is writing this blog, no matter if anyone reads it or not.
What I have also realized is that my daily routine needs structure. I need daily exercise, I need to eat breakfast, I need to make multiple lists, I need to be able to cross things off of my lists, I need to do my work, I need to process film and make photographs in the darkroom, I need to get out my camera and take photos, I need to laugh, practice my drawing, write, and doodle in my journal, play with my animals, and not take life so seriously EVERY SINGLE DAY. As Ali quoted on her blog post today “What are you going to do with your wild and precious life?”
One thing I am doing is getting myself back out there. There is another art show that I am participating in at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. The show runs from February 5 – March 19. The Muddy Creek Artist Guild (which I am a member of) was invited to show and sell photographic works of art with a maritime theme at the museum (basically Chesapeake Bay themed). Each photographer gets to display two pieces with an additional back-up piece for a total of three pieces. Here are the pieces I am showing/selling:
The process gelatin silver merely means a black and white photograph that I processed in the darkroom on fiber paper (which is a "better" paper than the typical resin coated papers that are used — the developing process for fiber is much more tedious and takes a lot longer, but the result is SO worth it).
Giclee Print is a photograph printed on an ink jet printer. Giclee is the French language word "le gicleur" meaning "nozzle", or more specifically "gicler" meaning "to squirt, spurt, or spray" (definition courtesy of Wikipedia).
None of the pieces were framed, so I took them to a different frame shop than I did for the first art show, and what a HUGE difference in price, only $168 to frame all three, and therefore I can price my work more appropriately for the market. The black and white photographs are going to be simply framed with white mats and black frames, and on the swan photo, I got a more expensive frame, so I charged a little more.
For this show, the Maritime Museum gets 30%, and I'm still in the learning phase so whatever happens, it's going to be okay. I'm not going to get upset if I don't sell anything. From the book the War of Art, the author, Steven Pressfield had a huge failure from pursuing his dream — a career in writing, and Steven was despondent, and his friend jolted him back to reality by telling him to get over it, you're doing what you want to do, and so you're taking a few hits: That's the price for being in the arena and not on the sidelines. Stop complaining and be grateful.
True words of wisdom.
I'm glad to be back.