This afternoon, I got a call from my gallery manager. Seems that the gallery owner, for some inexplicable reason that neither of us could fathom, has decided to revamp the gallery and make major changes — not only to layout, but to content. As a result, my works (and the works of many, many others) are no longer on the wall, and I’ve been requested to come and pick them up.
While it is sort of a downer, I’m choosing to look at this as an opportunity to recharge my batteries a little. I was feeling some pressure about finishing a relatively large (for me) airbrush and scratchboard piece. Frankly, given the progression of my dad’s illness, it was a stressor I didn’t really need. So, for now I’m going to shelve that work as it doesn’t have as immediate a home as it did before the call.
Even so, don’t think that I don’t have things to do. I did have other works in the pipeline that weren’t targeted for the gallery and have been put off more than they should have. Now I’ll have a chance to actually finish them up without feeling too guilty. For now, I’m mostly going to use this time to have fun with the art thing for a while. Last year, when I started on this ride, the purpose was to give me something to do that was fun. I’m going to go back to that. Instead of trying to target works for the gallery, I’m going to paint things that *I* want to paint.
In the future, I don’t think it will be too difficult to find some more public walls to show my work. I’ve gotten raves at a lot of different galleries, and I think if I can build a larger body of gallery-worthy work, I won’t have too much trouble finding a place. And even if I don’t, the fact of the matter is this is supposed to be fun.
The web page for my art will soon be finished and online. There I will display my art as well as make several pieces available for sale: originals and/or prints. The plus side of that for me is that I won’t have to pay a rather stinging gallery commission when something sells, and that brings a smile to my wallet. Stay tuned.