Sunday, October 20, 2019

The Tides of Change

It is finally Autumn in Wisconsin.  The temperature is turning cooler, the leaves are beginning to turn to Fall colors.  There has even been a couple mornings where a light frost has glazed the grass and car windshields.  Fall is, of course, time for change.

I have been mulling over a decision all summer.  This year, I only did one art fair (in April) and all the others I was either rejected or placed on a waitlist.  At first I found it, well, disheartening.  I have invested a lot of time and money into being an art fair printmaker artist.  I did all my own matting and framing, I used vacation time from my job to take days off for these shows.  Like I said, it was disheartening.  At first.

Then I changed my mind.  I purposely evolved my thinking.  I realized that I wasn't sure I wanted to do art fairs anymore, at least not the outdoor shows.  There are a lot of factors involved:  climate change is making the summers hotter (whether you believe it or not), there are certain health factors, none serious but all are annoying, and well, last year, sales were less than stellar. So, while it's not my final decision since I can change my mind, I decided not to apply for any shows for next year.

When change is manifest, it is best to evolve and adapt.  I am researching other ways to make an income from art.  I am focusing now on galleries and other non-gallery businesses that let artists hang their work.  I'm not planning on selling off my art fair equipment just yet.  In another year, however, if I decide I don't want to get back into it, I will in the very least sell my outdoor canopy.

And speaking of evolution, there's another facet to this change.  My original intention of this blog was solely for writing, book reviews, and the like.  While I hope to write more frequently, I am also going to start posting artwork here such as sketches, new linocut prints, and other items.  I feel I am scattered all over the internet, with a blog here, and a website there, plus an Etsy shop.  I need to consolidate.

I have also, intentionally or not, taken an hiatus from printmaking.  I still love it, still want to do it.  I just need a break.  And I have started doing a lot more in the way of pen and ink drawing as well as working on upping my game with watercolors.  My winter project is to teach myself to paint with acrylics.  And who knows where that will lead.

I'm keeping the blog name, though, since it is still descriptive of my philosophy and guiding tenet.  Coffee Before Pants!

I do not believe that trope about everything happens for a reason.  It sometimes hints of complacency in the time of tragedy. It's the secular version of  "It's God's Will" which I've always felt was complete bullshit.

Not all change is good. However, I also think that there are changes that can lead to beneficial choices.  With this kind of change, You can choose to fight the tide of change, or you can go with the flow and see where it leads.  I'm looking forward to the journey and have no set plans or attachment to the destination.

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