Sunday, April 04, 2010

the view is good from my cell

My last post will be coming down in a few days, plus my entire Small Art blog, so if there's anything left over there that interests you please let me know soon. Though it's been successful, this whole garage sale business has made me feel kind of unclean and is unlikely to happen again. I think most artists understand what I mean. Making ends meet can make you do weird things. The best part about it is that it led to me meeting up with a cousin I hadn't seen in decades, so it was well worth it. Here's a photo of her and one of her Paint horses.

By the way, I just love the photo above, if I do say so myself. I took it a few weeks ago in an alley behind East Broadway and it sort of illustrates how this whole garage sale business makes me feel. Click on it as it's way better enlarged.


Blogger Ponita in Real Life said...

Kinda looks like the stuffies are clambering to get out...

Love the photo of your cousin on her horse! That looks like so much fun... I miss riding...

4/4/10 5:32 p.m.  
Blogger paula said...

i know EXACTLY how you feel, if you want me to remove my referral post on facebook let me know. i dont mind.

4/4/10 5:34 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Ponita: It just makes me want to ride!

Paula: No, please keep it up for now. I'd like to ring the life out of this baby while it's still happening.

4/4/10 5:35 p.m.  
Blogger dinahmow said...

Well, I understand the "shabby" feeling, but I'd like to say that I am a happy bunny!

And that horse-along-the-strand? Sheer delight. I miss it, too.Should we let Ziggi see this?

4/4/10 5:52 p.m.  
Blogger Peter said...

Yeah, the making money thing always makes me feel such a whore.

5/4/10 10:59 a.m.  
Blogger Ellen said...

Wow, gorgeous horse. The picture above it makes me think of the show Hoarders, I get the unclean thing. I'm looking at my small, blank cradled panels and thinking of filling them up for milk money and Etsy and realizing this is probably the same trap I need to avoid to concentrate on the bigger picture. (I think I need a pep talk from you to stay on track:)

5/4/10 11:51 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Di: Not till she's feeling better!

Peter: perfectly said!

Ellen: See? We need to open that studio/gallery and then we'll be able to bypass the commercial racket and motivate each other to stay on track.

5/4/10 4:02 p.m.  
Blogger Hayden said...


Hard to really understand this from the outside.

As a sometimes customer, these events inspire me to "ACT NOW" and commit to things I love but have not ... committed to. Customers, like artists, have to count pennies too often. It's a connundrum. Certainly it isn't that I see your art as being worth less, only that it's a buying opportunity, a moment of 'put up or shut up.'

That said, am feeling impecunious of late and didn't commit to anything this time, and not because I don't love your work.

I share this in hopes that you won't feel quite so much like it's prostituting your work...

6/4/10 9:13 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Hayden: Yes, it's the inside that's the key. :) It's the dichotomy of the art world is all. I was looking at the simple 12" x 12" geometric abstrct panels of another artist and realizing that they command $7000 and then seeing the quality of art in my own much lower-status niche while jurying last week and realizing that a lot of the difference is simply in my own attitude to what I produce. I have a lot of training and experience and expertise and still can't make a living at what I do so obviously I'm doing something wrong. I need to re-think. But I also need to make money so it's a complicated situation.

6/4/10 9:34 a.m.  
Blogger Jana Bouc said...

Great photos of the window and the horse!

19/4/10 11:36 p.m.  

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