It’s been great to connect to fellow artists during shelter-in-place and some of us shared our thoughts with the Pleasanton Art League.
Our vulnerability has been highlighted in no uncertain terms in the current pandemic and rapid and complex changes have placed us in extraordinarily stressful times. Yet in the midst of it I am recalling quotes that have inspired and motivated me and I hope that by sharing them they can lighten your load a bit as well.
Pink Spring Blossoms in our neighborhood
Quote 1: The first was shared by my artist friend, Sawsan, who was making some jewelry and found an inscription on a piece of metal which read: “Every problem has a gift for you in its hands.” (Richard Bach) When I set aside my anxiety and looked for a gift in this unprecedented situation I came to realize that there were indeed gifts – closeness of family that I don’t usually get to enjoy, stepping off the hamster- wheel of meetings and events and finding quiet spaces to connect with my passions of writing and floral photography.
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What an experience my first exhibition has been – lots to learn and enjoy. I had no real expectations of the event as simply taking the step to be a part of an Art Trail was worth celebrating.
Photo: My stand at the Uckfield Art Trail
My friend Emma’s upholstered chair also fitted in very nicely with the floral theme. The velcro system boards used to hang the prints worked well although the unexpected heatwave caused the glue on some strips to melt leading to dramatic crashes as frames hit the floor. Fortunately all my prints stayed where they were placed for the duration of the event.
The most fun was meeting fellow creative types and I was thrilled to see beautiful photographs taken in my home town (Cape Town) by photographer Laura Morgan. There were also striking and colourful paintings by Paula Oakley next door to me and directly opposite me fun images created by the multi-talented Jane-Ann Cameron and she is even going to send me an autographed print of her children’s book for my children! In the room next door I also met Alex Grey who does amazing things with pastels. The vibrant energy of the work by Sarah Gauntlett was also a pleasure to behold.
The thrill of positive feedback and the joy of being supported by friends, neighbours, ex-colleagues, school parents and even my pharmacist was indescribable.
Actually selling some of my work was also rather marvelous. I have renewed energy to try some new things with my floral photographs and since I am not a fan of ornaments I want to try and use my photos to create useful and functional art so watch this space.
To others considering doing this be bold and brave – you can do it! Tips 1:bring a pair of scissors and a good sense of humour 2:have small items that will allow for quick turnover 3: display as many of your good prints as you can in professional looking frames 4: enjoy yourself!
Photo: My first canvas sale
Photo: My talking piece
Photo: My first unframed print sale
Photo: My postcards that sold out