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Here’s the video from the 11th battle (last Wednesday). Love the fast-action of all the wonderful people painting and watching people paint! If you can’t make it to the battles, at least you get to see the videos!
When artists look for validation outside of themselves, things can get yucky.
For the most part, since April, I have been happy with my painting, and really enjoying the process. I almost always enjoy the compliments I get (I say almost because I’m still working on really taking them in, rather than dismissing them).
Participating in the Gorilla House Live Art battles is really giving me something to work on, as my dear friend Tietje pointed out. Last night, after the auction, and after a fun night of painting, instead of being happy that my two paintings were bought by Valda, a lovely woman who was eager to purchase both, I was instantly bummed that my pieces sold for the lowest they ever have (in a total of four auctions) while other works were getting up to five times as much as mine. As Tietje pointed out, I am allowing the purchase price of my paintings determine my self-worth. I don’t care so much about going home with cash in my pocket, but low sale price seems to equal crappy art, which logically means crappy artist, or not an artist. See how my mind works?
Having had a morning to mull it over, I would say that there were a bunch of little things that ended up in me perhaps not turning out my best work: the themes were not ones that I could immediately relate to; I tried something a little different towards the end of one of my paintings; and I had to pack up my stuff about 10 minutes early to get out of the way for the auction. Being the first adult to auction paintings probably didn’t help much, either, but now I’m kind of looking for reasons why my paintings weren’t the problem.
Things to work on:
It’s OK to have bad days.
It’s OK to produce bad art. That doesn’t make me a bad artist.
It’s OK to feel bummed sometimes. I don’t even have to look for reasons why.
It’s OK to want validation, because without it, aren’t we producing art in a vacuum?
Validation, or lack of it, doesn’t define who I am.
“Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal.”
Mike Ditka (like my brother says, “Art is just like football. You either win, or you lose.”)
It’s almost been a week since the last art battle, but I am still pumped up about it! I almost didn’t make it. Hubby was out of town, my MIL was busy, but luckily, my wonderful friend Jo-Anne came through for me and looked after the kids! Thanks again, Jo-Anne!
The themes for the night were: night-school dropouts, 7 hearts, and bike. These themes have really been working for me, especially anything that can be interpreted as hearts and circles! It was a really exciting night, with CTV filming on location, and Greg Beneteau from Avenue Magazine interviewing people. He even interviewed me, and my photo was in the article! Yowza!
My paintings from the night:
Ethan Collister auctioned off another amazing song:
I had fun bidding and went home with these great paintings by Joel Monea:
Thank you to Colette and Blake, who purchased my paintings!
See you there tomorrow!
Here’s the video from last week’s battle! Check out my expression at 5:27. Niiiice. Gorilla House was also featured in the latest edition of Beatroute!
I had a great time last night at the 8th Gorilla House Live Art Battle! Many of the regulars were there, and lots of new faces, too. Here’s Bruce; don’t you love his shirt??
I was quite thrilled to walk into the gallery and see my paintings on the wall! Thanks to Elijah for hanging them.
Janice Beaton Fine Cheese was set up again. Towards the end of the night, I started chatting with a wonderful person who introduced herself as Janice. “As in, Janice Beaton?” I asked. Yes! I was totally wowed. It was like meeting a celebrity. Wendy, who works with Janice Beaton Fine Cheese, told me about this Riopelle cheese, which is adorned with artwork by the Canadian artist of the same name. How cool is that? Hm, I wonder what Fireman cheese would taste like! Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.
Like last time, I set up in the front room.
And painted, and painted, and painted. I started getting a little worried that they weren’t going to come together, but they did. I guess they always do! I have to trust the process! The themes for the night were: red knife, layers of colour, and midnight bike riders. The second one was made for me, but I was able to incorporate the other two as well!
As usual, there was an auction at the end – it was pretty long, because there were so many artists, but there were two great musical interludes, too!
The musician Ethan Collister wrote a song during the art battle. He auctioned off the rights to the song (along with a simple demo and lyrics). Love that idea. There was a bit of a battle going for that one!
Theresa de Grosbois bought both of my paintings! I was feeling pretty special that she wanted both.
Kath was back again, and rocked the night again with her beautiful piece.
It was great to see my friend Caryl there, too. I hope to see you (that’s a general “you”, not specific to you, Caryl! But I would love if you were there, too, of course!) there at the next art battle. Bring your paints!
I went to my first Art Battle over at the Gorilla House last night! I was a teeny bit nervous about finishing in 2 hours, but mostly I was excited and raring to go! First, I set up my space with my brand new portable easel, and a nice big sheet of plastic on the floor to catch the drips.
The battle started with a spin of the inspiration wheel. “Science and progress”, “she loves somebody else” (or something like that), and “angels” were the (very random) sources of inspiration for the evening.
So I started painting. And painting. And painting. I really got into the zone, in a way that is different from when I paint at home, because of the time pressure! I worked on two paintings, so that one could dry while I worked on the other. Here they are at about half-way.
Lots of people were coming in the doors, there was wine and cheese (with a rep from Janice Beaton on hand) offered in the back, and the tunes were blaring. It got pretty hot in there, but I managed to stay focused and get both paintings done! Woo!
At about 9:45, people gathered around for the auction!
The M.C. (who’s name I can’t remember – it’s Impressario something-or-other) really made the night for me. He seems to know random trivia about just about anything, and can make any painting sound like a masterpiece, helping to drive up the bids. His whole persona, and the shades (worn all night long) gave me a good chuckle.
Here’s my lovely neighbor from the night, Kath. She had a wonderful high bid on her piece and was super excited.
I was pretty amazed by what some of the artists accomplished in two hours!
My heart painting sold for $110!
This one sold for $85. Not bad for a first time, I think! I’m looking forward to doing it again.