Jul 23 2007

embracing the sacred (and my right to be hoaky)

Published by at 6:46 pm under art,sacred art

Looks like I’m on a 2 week schedule for posting these days, but I’m not into feeling guilty about it, since I’m a very busy gal. Besides, I get really annoyed by blogs that start out apologizing. The way I look at it, if you’ve got enough time to blog every day, you probably don’t have a lot going on in your life.

So, here I am once again, trying to catch up with recent thoughts and news, in case anyone is interested. I realize that the subheading of my blog, “an artist in conversation with herself and the world” might seem a bit pretentious… as if the whole world cares about what goes on in this little brain of mine. I’m not totally serious about it, though… so I hope it might make a few people chuckle.

A lot of my time these days is spent on trying to figure out how to enlarge the audience of my work. I’ve been doing a lot of artisan fairs, just trying it out. Once I’m into it, it gets sorta addicting. For one thing, I’ve already made an investment on the canopy tent, grid-walls, and supplies for all my prints, magnets, cards, and pendants. Then I’ve invested loads of time into creating my products. Then I have a good day where I meet so many people enthralled over my work that I just gotta keep doin’ it. Then I have a bad day and wonder if I’m not undervaluing the true worth of my art…. like why am I doing silly craft shows when I ought to be in upscale galleries? I was feeling that way a couple of evenings ago, while I was slaving over creating more pendants for a fair the following morning. Since I create web designs throughout most of the week, I generally wait til the last moment to hop to it, and by then my eyes are too bleary to focus on what I’m doing. My attitude gets a little down on the whole idea, feeling the inevitable “my work is too good to slave over trinkets”. The next day, however, I sold an original piece, lots of small stuff, and met someone who may want to buy a large painting. Not bad for a crafts show, I’d say. And I really like meeting the people who are interested in my work. It keeps me buzzing in the high waves for the next couple of days, at least.

The original piece that I sold this time was “The Universal Child”, which is a small painting on glass. I wasn’t particularly attached to it anymore, so I was especially pleased that the woman who bought it is the founder of the Alma Midwifery Center, where she plans to display it. How perfect is that? It was waiting for her (actually, I hadn’t even been showing it before this particular day, so some unknown force was at play when I quickly packed up my stuff yesterday morning).

This is definitely one of the more iconic images I’ve created in my creative career. While I’m not wanting to continue in the vein of creating art that might be considered “religious”, I do want my work to have a spiritual implication. I like to mix things up a bit, though. The hands of St. Francis (the one who talks to birds) seems to visually “hold up” the floating child, who would normally (in an art historical sense) be the image of the Christ child. Instead, I substitute an Asian child to make the point that birth itself is sacred, and all children, from all races are a gift to the world.

Without trying too hard to achieve this specific goal, I would like my art to be a mouthpiece for a spiritual way of understanding things. I don’t want to be lumped in with all of the “New Age” artists whose works purport to have this purpose, but end up being overly sweet and (in my opinion) a bit hoakey. Ever since undergrad school, I’ve had a fear of hoakiness. Maybe I am that, though… and ought to simply embrace it!

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  1. Everyday Blogger says:

    “The way I look at it, if you’ve got enough time to blog every day, you probably don’t have a lot going on in your life.”

    I respectfully beg to differ. I post to my blog everyday – and trust me, I’ve got plenty going on in my life – because it jumpstarts my creativity. When necessary I also use my blog to unload any thoughts and issues that may bog me down and thwart the creative process. My blog serves as therapy; it helps me clear out the junk and get to the good stuff.

    It’s also an excellent way to communicate and create a sort of intimacy with people who are current or potential friends/clients/customers. Cold and impersonal can be had anywhere; why be ordinary?

    Enlarge the audience of your work? Here’s the site of an artist who blogs nearly everyday and has a loyal, worldwide following (myself included). So much so that her own audience has created their own group based on their shared appreciation for this artist. Her site may give you some ideas for expansion/inspiration that you might find helpful or that may also work for you:

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