well, apropos of the title, things are starting to return more or less to normal around here. i finished all the preparations for art fair on the green and "hung out" for two hot, humid days over the last weekend in july. aside from the two ladies that i shared the tent with, the event was unbelievably boring. i had two or three discussions with fellow artists that dropped by, sold nothing, and found i could drink a gallon of liquid in a day. i can't say that i didn't learn something, because it did. i learned that presenters that are part of a group tent (like our "eastbank artists" tent) are not eligible for any prizes, monetary or otherwise. not that this was a prime reason for participating, but it would have been nice to know ahead of time. from what i could see from my rather limited vantage point and from talking with other painters, there were a dearth of people interested in purchasing paintings. i saw a number of craft items "walking" past our tent having been purchased , but i saw almost no paintings on the way to a patron's home. it almost made me want to suggest that the event sponsors (the aauw) change the name of the event to "craft fair on the green". enough of the critiquing. it was what it was and i did learn that i do not like participating in these large events. if i do show my work in the future i think it will be a private one- or two- person show. it is about the same amount of preparation, but much less work, and the people who come are there to see a specific body of work by specific artist(s). so i am assuming would be more interesting. how would i sum it up? disappointing venture. i cannot leave this topic without a huge "thank you," however, to my two tent mates sherry michaelson and kathy koski. both are seasoned artists and participants in numerous shows and fairs. their insight, knowledge, and camaraderie made the weekend bearable i am indebted to both of them. thank you sherry and kathy.
we have just returned from a technology-free time up in the northwoods of wisconsin where i did almost no painting whiling away the time fishing for bass and sundry pan fish and reading. now that we are back i intend to get back on track and start painting again in earnest. i know that i want to get some more portraits done of people out on the pine ridge reservation but also get back into still lives and continue my journey of trying to learn how to paint landscapes. additionally, i am going to start to explore some non-representational, more experimental themes with mixed watermedia. so, an aggressive agenda.....we'll see if i am up to it. later.