Last week my first show at an art gallery, Abington Art Center opened! I tried to play it cool when they put my name on the wall, but it wasn't easy! What was easy? Chatting all night about my art. Here were the top three questions I was asked (and my responses):
"How do I make the time?" I paint early, paint first before kids wake up if needed and before I go to work. I have a plan (just like you put out gym shoes at night if you are running in the morning) so I don't hesitate. I dive right in.
"How long have you painted for?" I've painted in a committed daily way for almost five years. It was great fun to tell the story of how I got started. Sharing my first painting "Radioactive" in the gallery was a real treat.
"How do you choose your subject matter?" (Also sounded like, "Why flowers AND trees?") I described how I follow joy. I let nature inspire me, I let color speak to me and I go for it.
One thing I realized as I answered these questions and many others is that working on my book (still in pursuit of agent/publisher) has helped me to refine so many of my thoughts and approaches to creativity. Of course these are constantly evolving/growing and yet there is a strong foundation of ideas there. I look forward to sharing more!
Thank you to all who came out! If you are in the Abington area the next 6-8 weeks stop on by. The show will be up through the first week of June.
Missed the opening and want to connect? I will also be part of a morning program on Saturday May 12th 10-12 "Coffee with the Artist" together with local ceramicist Christina Orthwein.
To my delight I will be offering an Open Heart Studio IN the gallery space. This is a special one time offering on June 2nd 10am-1pm. Grab a friend and save your spot!