July 17, 2007

Returning Work

Works In Progress

Two white vans pulled up in my cul de sac yesterday... one from an out of state gallery, one from an out of state artist. They met at my place to exchange work for the artist's upcoming show, and for the gallery to return work to me and to the other artist. Nice that more galleries are taking on some of this trafficking business. I served iced tea and stuff but we stood in the kitchen for our brief chit-chat... then I gave a quick tour of the studio, not that it's such a great studio, but it's good for gallerists to know their artists spaces.

"Landscapes? I didn't know you did landscapes!"

"You want landscapes? I can do landscapes for you."

"And I saw some of your long box construction pieces at another gallery... any chance we can get some of those?"

"Not a problem." (mental note to self for J to start building boxes... a studio side step that hadn't really found an audience.)

Later: "You know the best thing about your studio? There aren't big stacks of paintings sitting around!" That made me smile... I worked a long hard road to get to that point, to have enough galleries to store and occasionally sell the stuff. 'Course she didn't see my storage room with lots of rejects from along that road.


Well, there are a bunch stacked around now! Fourteen paintings were returned, mostly little guys, some old, some very new. Color, everybody wants color. Bokusho's are notoriously short on color... I now have a body of work to push on down the road... Atlanta, are you ready?

So what have I learned from this exchange? I've had two recent shows that featured mostly black and white (some red, a little ocher) and although both sold respectably, the older work is obviously preferred. I can dig that (volleyball expression recently acquired where a player reaches low and far for control of the ball.) These paintings from the Bokusho series are fine. They just have to find an audience that will appreciate them. In the meantime, I will focus on work that I know already has an audience... I aim to please... I can dig it!

PS... big grin... they kept a bunch of BIG stuff... I've long felt that so many little paintings proliferating most galleries meant I needed to focus on big!


self taught artist said...

congrats on all the movement happening. I like those box pieces too!

CMC said...

Yep...know what you mean about a lot of little ones mounting up.

I've been doing a lot of experimenting with little ones. Some have lots of color...better get them out there while they're wanting color.

Sometimes I wonder ...some of my favorites come back to me. Sooner or later somone with "taste" will fall in love, I hope.

Jacie said...

Your work always inspires me to want to run downstairs and grab my paint brush. wooo weeee! Thanks

Christina said...

Karen, Thanks for the reminder that you worked long and hard to get the many galleries for your work. That was good inspiration for this point in my career. I can see why you can dig it when someone requests a certain style whether past or present in your working journey. If I would just sell something, I may think about which direction is best to take at the moment.

KJ said...

The plus side of these returning pieces is that I no longer have blank walls to live with. I think I'll hold on to them for a few weeks until life slows down, all the company comes and goes, then will move them on down the road. Understanding that finding new wall space is not a given, this series is beyond the norm for me and not all (obviously) are accepting it. Funny thing... I don't care if they become part of my permanent collection... this series was done from the gut... ya gotta do that every now and then.

Christina... I can't believe your terrific works haven't found their niche as yet. With the big push to green and the growing global consciousness for the environment, your work is a 'natural.' Keep the faith, girl, you're doing serious stuff!