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So before I tell you about the battle, you have to see this clip! Gorilla House was featured on CTV Calgary. Click here to see Rich Theroux in an interview, and four of the Gorilla House artists getting ready to battle. And Click here to see the Gorilla House battle as filmed by CTV. I am in it, at about 0:43, but watch it all! Isn’t it awesome?! YES!
So happy to be back in the battles after missing last week. Terry Storey surprised me by giving me a blown-up version of the photograph he took of me – it looks amazing! What a sweet surprise. This photograph was included in the Avenue article about Gorilla House a few weeks ago.
I really appreciated having some of my friends there last night – Tietje, Keven, and Riki – thank you for coming out! Your support means a lot to me. Met some great people, too, like Paul “FoodJustice” Hughes , and Michelena Bamford. Paul asked me to paint a large plywood panel for one of his outdoor art projects (exciting!), and I am looking forward to seeing Michelena at the Waldorf Faire, where she will also have a booth.
The 11th Gorilla House Live Art Battle
We are going to visit the sketchbooks at the Brooklyn Art Library again this year. Looking forward to it! I have a list of sketchbooks to check out, and I will take out my own to give them some lovin’ (and make sure the pages aren’t sticking together!).
I’m busy finishing the second half of my Sketchbook Project 2013, which isn’t due until January. Here’s what I have so far:
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.”)
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 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.
Last night I returned home from the Makerie retreat in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. There is so much to say, so many pictures to show, I just can’t do it all at once. I am aiming to share it all with your over the next week or so. It might take awhile. For now, there is this:
This weekend changed my life.