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Painting Chosen for Show in Santa Barbara

abstract acrylic on canvas

I joined the Abstract Art Collective in Santa Barbara and put 3 paintings in for consideration for a show at the Faulkner Gallery. The show was called Texture and Structure so I painted two paintings specially for the show and then threw in a small one as well.

It was the small one that was chosen and I was disappointed. Apparently I was supposed to be happy that I got one chosen on my first time out but I don’t think I’m going to like playing this game a whole lot. You don’t get any useful feedback about why your paintings didn’t make the grade. I’ll try it one more time but I saw an amazing variety of art coming in to be considered and when I came back to pick up the work that was not chosen, I saw that almost all the ones I liked were not chosen either.

So, apparently the system is that one guy chooses and it’s according to his criteria, which is not shared with us, and his taste. That doesn’t seem healthy for the expansion of the possibilities of art to me.

Some people think it is important to get this kind of credibility from art shows and exhibits but I have my doubts. I don’t want to sell to collectors who buy because they think they will profit later. I want to sell to people who want to look at the paintings every day and enjoy them.

That’s why I have no intention of trying out for the gallery system either. It’s a lot of pretense and baloney. I rarely go into a gallery that I love the work. Often the art seems depressing to me. So, I don’t know what that is about. I will try my luck with selling online. I’ve been in online sales for ten years, almost as soon as there were online sales. I trust the system better and it is more transparent.

The only problem with it is that the tactile sense and the energy of the art are missing when you view art online. I’ll just have to see if it works anyway.

“To create one’s own world takes courage.” Georgia O’Keefe .

Painting Called Bliss




This is a work-in-progress from yesterday. I have finally got the website up and working,  I’ve put a few images on for prints and I’ve got a small portfolio on the Abstract Art Collective. I feel satisfied with my online presence for a while, and now I am back to painting.

This one needs some touching up and the sides need to be finished but I love it. I seem to be getting looser with every painting I do. I will have to keep this one though. I can hardly bear to give any of them up for a while after I do them. I have them all sitting around in my living room to dry and I sit for an hour before bed listening to Audible books or music and enjoying them.

They are all so much more energetic in person. Pictures take the texture and the zap out of them. I may have to rethink my plan of selling prints.

Painting makes me feel so happy. And this one especially. It’s like the feeling I get of awe and wonder at the beauty there is in the world, in every leaf or flower or smile.



Test Blog

Still working on the website. It has been an uphill task with a steep learning curve. Some things are dropping into place and others still need tweaking so please bear with me.

Today I finished off a painting that I love. It’s funny, because I used to base my color preferences on the colors I looked good in. I never wear anything yellow, orange, lime green or any yellow-based colors because they make me look sick. My favorite clothing colors are teal and purple and I wear a lot of them.

Since I started painting the flow paintings I am turning towards the yellow-based colors more and more. They are so cheery and uplifting. And they blend together so well.