Thursday, January 28, 2010

Art Advisor

I was called by a good friend of mine this morning.
The caller is thinking about making a change in their art business. I gave the best advice that I could. I was pleased that the the person called me to get my take on the local art scene.
I do a good deal of art research for my own business, the data I find comes in very handy.
It's very important for my artlife.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

In A Museum Survey Exhibition

I am proud to say that I am in a survey exhibition of Colorado artists. The exhibiton is at the Arvada Center for The Arts in Arvada Colorado.

The Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art is the co- host of this exhibition, the art of one hundred Colorado artists are on view. I have one sculpture and two drawings in the exhibition. I found out by chance that I am in this event.

This is a great way to start 2010. The work will be on view until April 4, 2010.

Yippeee for me.

Long Art Career

I recently saw an artist at an art event, this artist has been very active in the Dever art scene. She told me she was going to go to grad school.
This gave me pause, I begin to think of the number of artists who have toiled away in Denver and Colorado who, decide to get out of town.
My thought is after being here for as long as I have, I have a good journeyman art career, so I don't plan on leaving. I have outlasted many artists who have had lots of press and exhibitions. I am glad I have had the courage to hold and stay. I will add there have been many hurdles to get over, in other words, lot of tryin times.

My career has legs in Denver because I didn't give up on the city. still have a lot of people who never heard of me, hence I have a lot of work to do.
A long art career requires that one be a marathoner.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Art Sales Continued

Several art galleries in Denver have reported decent sales inspite of the 2009 economy. New people ar4e out there. Yippeeeeee!

The Coors Art Show

I went to the Coors art show here in Denver on the ninth. The sales were great, about $600K, near as I could tell. WOW!!!
This means there are people out there who still buy art.
Technology has so many people's attention these days, it great to see there's folks who will vote for art with their wallets.
I will see the show again before it closes on the 24th of this month.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Dean Mictchell Super Artist

If you read this, google artist Dean Mitchell. I brag about this artist every chance I get. He's diligent and rich from his artistic effort. I just had to blog this.

Art Is a record.

I like the fact That I can account for my time by looking a the art I have made up to this point. I came across an article recently that stated people waste five years of their lives waiting in lines.
This reminded me that making art, good ,bad or indifferent is a worthy thing to do.

Art is a record how artists spent their time. The art books validate that.

No Pro Bono

A lady asked me recently about working as an artist with a group of young people.
I scared her off by asking if there was any money to pay me?

I don't think any artist should work pro bono. At my age I ain't going to work free.
I don't need no exposure either. That's what people die of in bad weather.

I just had to say this.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A reminder about my art life.

I recently was in the company of several people who, after finding out I am an artist,asked me thoughtful qusetions.
The one that stuck out in my mind was, how is the art business?

I answered the art business as good as one wants to make it, I was glad to be able to say that I have a decent art life and career considering the great recession.

Many of my coleagues are hard chargers as far as their survival in the art world goes.
I am glad to get questions from people who, don't have any idea what a visual artist does to be a non starving artist.
This is a good reminder for me to keep on doing the art career thing as well as I have been able to, to this point.

I will ARTON o purpose.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Great Recession

Being an artist that has so far survived this part of the great recession, I will toot my own damn horn.
I am old enough now to know that I will make my art life what I want it to be. I still have bread and shelter and enough cash to kill any wolf that shows up at my studio door. I have done this on purpose, with intent and artfulness.

I live in a city where there is an artist behind every tree. There are many who are paying their way in a diligent manner. I get survival ideas from a lot of them.

I will attack this new decade with persistence and tenacity on purpose.
I will not starve on purpose.