Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October: Artistic Blocks & Costumes

Tis the season for haunted houses, costumes, glitter, candy.........and art!!!

Yes, it is New Orleans no less.  Besides Mardi Gras, this is the place to be and after all the years I've lived here, I wouldn't want it any other way.  Even if costumes aren't on the agenda, there is still a good time lurking around the corner. I don't really have solid plans for this evening.  For some reason, this is the holiday that most people either flake on me or don't participate in much with me so I've made peace with staying at home, if it comes to that.

It is also high season for selling art.  The holidays bring the potential customer to the forefront so artists are making friends with insomnia, trying to get their work out in the public eye.  It isn't easy.  With all the parties, shindigs, potlucks, and costume contests, there's hardly any damn time left over.  That's where I'm at right now.

Next is putting a costume together for Wizard World Comic Con, here in NOLA late November.

I also have a show in December to get ready for.

In the deep thick of it all, where is the money gonna come from?  (le sigh)

I've decided not to stress myself out too much over the upcoming exhibition.  It's a dual solo show with a good friend so I don't have to pull my hair out trying to fill up the whole gallery.  I am only 90% sure of what I'm going to put on the wall though.  My desire to be in twenty places at once has left me overwhelmed and mentally blocked.  Instead of just pushing through it, I'm just staring at it.  Not good at this point in the game.

I submitted a bid for a screenprinting commission last week.  I feel really good about it, but since I haven't heard anything yet, my confidence is dying a slow death.  I can only hope this company will let me know their  decision, whether good or bad.  I can't stand the hit and run approach.

I'm doing a small, short art market this Friday, November 2nd from 5pm - 8pm.  Harrah's Casino started this First Fridays thing on Fulton Street (one of the many things they own in the downtown area) and the arts organization I work for is one of the featured vendors.  I get 100% of the profits, which is a deal for me...although it is possible I won't sell anything (all five of us artists have come to the same conclusion).  It's worth a shot though.

In summary, I just need to get through this week.