What do you do when it is just one of those days?
Today I made an inventory of all the post titles used so far. Most of my writing is done on the iPad or by hand. Editing is easier on a desk MAC where the screen is large enough to have the words jump out screaming,”I AM MISS PELLED!”
Then I played with altering photos. (above)
I read your posts in my recliner. Sometimes I take a nap there, but never because of the posts. Today I followed a new person who uses an Aaron Douglas design as a gravatar. He is an author – published! His book, The Souls of Hood Folks, is published by
and is in paperback and ebook.
Several of the writers I follow had mixed news – from rejection to poor sales. Was it ever thus?
Painters talk about the lack of customers and the cost of promoting their art. Traditional ways, place much of the the profits in subsidiary businesses. Fees to enter shows are guarantees to the sponsor, but not of entry. And seldom of prizes or sales. Add the cost of materials, framing, shipping, and the creative work is not even a factor. Commissions are exciting until the customer wants something impossible.
Years ago, working with an interior designer, I did a large watercolor to hang in a vaulted great room. To be certain, the customer and the decorator viewed the work at each stage. When it was to be picked up, the customer came without the decorator. “Can you take out the middle (vertical) and leave just the sides?” She was serious. Had it been a work on canvas some altering might have been done but watercolor on an entire roll of top of the line paper?
Fortunately, once framed and hung, she was satisfied.
Any business has its problems and satisfactions. There is a creative component and then its all business. There is hope that this year will be good for all artists. But today was just one of those days.
Roberto Alberghetti introduced us to another painter. Reading the artist’s reasons for his work and his bio made me remember why I started painting. Time to get a reality check. At the end of his thoughts, the artist describes his methods and materials.
(Weather: Tornado warning until 8:00 p.m.)