Everyday since last time, I have glanced at my laptop wondering when I might get a chance to check in with my dear blog readers.
As many of you know, we have moved our gallery into Santa Fe downtown, and we are in the process of reinventing it – top to bottom.
The name is Wow! and our new sign heads this post.
In a wonderful example of collaboration in creative process, I designed the logo, and Mark added one small thing that had SO MUCH value. He suggested that we make the dot on the exclamation point red.
Not only does this add POP, the red dot is the universal symbol of “SOLD” in the gallery business, so it is a good omen too. Even if you think you are a design know-it-all (my bad), it is always good to consider input from others. You don’t have to take the advice, but if you don’t at least consider it, you might miss out on a game-changer.
The gallery business is all about location and, incredibly, we figured out the other day that this is our ELEVENTH location since 1993. The first was on the ocean on the San Francisco Peninsula, and the other TEN have all been in Santa Fe. Once, we had three locations at the same time.
This is the best location ever and will likely be the last one.
We will not open until Feb 1 and this is the longest time I have ever taken to create a gallery space – especially since the space required ZERO build-out. The building had just been gutted and remodeled, and our space, which is the only retail space in that building, was beautifully decked out to be a coffee shop with an urban/metro feel. No counters or anything – just some very interesting details.
Several thousand people, it seems, have asked us when we will open, and I have had to say I don’t know.
How can you know when a creative project of this magnitude will be good enough to be considered ready for prime time?
And this has brought me back once again, to thinking about creative process and SLOW art.
The world at large, and our nagging inner fishwives in particular, keep cracking that “when will it be done” whip.
Like kids on a driving vacation: “Are we there yet?”
It takes A LOT of fortitude for an artist to “stand her ground” and demand the time it takes to do a thing right.
Especially since many of us are brought up with the idea that art is not a worthwhile use of time in the first place.
In my new found passion – kiln fired glass, if you hurry, you hurt yourself. And, as I have mentioned, each firing takes the better part of a day.
This has been a wonderful lesson for me, and even though paints, pencils, and crayons won’t cut or burn you (probably), no art should be created in a rush or under pressure.
If you only have 10 minutes a day to work on artwork, then devote as many days as it takes.
If you HAVE TO have something finished by a specific date (like for holiday gifts, for example), don’t procrastinate. Start early so you can enjoy the process.
That process is where all the fun is.
A REMINDER ABOUT THE WORKSHOP JANUARY SALE . . .
Only THREE days left to save $15 each on Sketch Journal One and Two.
As of February 1, they will return to normal tuition of $65.
Here is the Sketch Journal One description page (and a FREE lesson can be had by clicking the link in the menu bar of this blog):
And here is the Shopping Cart Link where you can find the Sale on both:
Sketch Journal Two picks right up where we left off and continues along the easy drawing and painting adventure.
I will be back to share before and after gallery photos with you and show you some of our amazing artists as soon as I find another minute.
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