Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Painting for the Day: "Shadow Dancer"


"Shadow Dancer" ............... oil ............... 30" x 30"

Shadow Dancer is one of my favorite roses in our garden, with its vivid, deep and light pink striped, profuse blooms.

To those of you who read and comment on my blog, you have no idea how much you mean to me. Some days you're my reason for getting up in the morning. It's been a very up and down month: Partly due to the nature of the month of March and it's mood swings from sunny 70's to blizzardy 20's. Partly due to world events (says the hermit. Is Mercury in retrograde Again already??). Partly due to ongoing life transitions.

So, which do you want first, the good news of the bad news? Those in favor of getting the bad news out of the way first win today, in my imaginary hand count. I lost another graphic design client yesterday; I was dumped in favor of someone younger and trendier and supposedly more cost efficient. I'm actually somewhat relieved as the client was difficult to deal with on a number of levels. But that makes 3 this year; at this rate I'll be out of the G.D. (read that anyway you want) business within 6 months. While I'd really rather paint, and have been focusing all my effort on that, keeping some sort of semi-regular pay coming in without having to leave the studio is comforting on many levels.

Now the good news: Thanks to a very good artist friend of mine I am in my first out-of-state venues. I shipped some paintings to Maine, some of which will find their way to South Carolina. The first week in the store, the painting above sold (!). Another good friend of mine, also a graphic designer/going-to-be-a-painter tells me "It's the universe's way of telling you to get over it and get painting."

So while I'm in a bit of an upheaval (and have been for months) I'm grateful to the kind notes I see in my inbox each day. Big Hugs to you all. (Everything's going to be OK, isn't it?)

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45 comments:

  1. http://deciloquequierass.blogspot.com/

    Good Bloog my friend!! Congratulations!!

    good luck!! See you!

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  2. Of course everything's going to be okay! Lucky you, with a whole bush full of Shadow Dancers -- and I've just had a look at your Urban Rose Garden blog and see you'll have a whole yard full of roses in September.

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  3. I'm sorry to hear about your bad news. Times are definitely getting tighter and I've been feeling it as well. I think your painting style is strong enough to make it in these tough times if that's the direction you choose to go in. And if we all end up living out of a cardboard box in the end, at least we'll be able to paint it up all pretty like!

    Kerri

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  4. Hang in there my friend, your fantastic work is going to carry you through this. This piece is just one example of your amazing talent. I have so much confidence in you.
    sending hugs from Texas...

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  5. Thanks Charlene, Kerri and Nancy! I appreciate your good wishes.

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  6. Why those young graphic design whipper-snappers. They don't know how good they've got it. Betcha they don't know how many points are in a pica or how many picas are in an inch. (or what it's like to walk uphill in snow just to get a photostat for a 3pm deadline... yes that one is my favorite)

    R. I've been away from the G.D. business (i can't say that without laughing) since last September and I haven't missed it. Yeah the money was great... but I sure am happier now. (insert smiley face here)

    And see! Your brilliant paintings are sprouting wings! They're selling and bringing joy and VALUE to others who see them.

    Do what you love... the rest will follow.

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  7. Awesome work!!!
    Thank you so much tha comment!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. Congrats on your sale, R! I'm sure everything will be alright. You are equipped with amazing skills, which are very difficult to achieve. You should be doing what you want and enjoy most, and the universe will take care of you.:)

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  9. Everything is going to be okay! Where in South Carolina will your paintings be?

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  10. Mr. Hoover, What WOULD I do without you?? Thanks for cutting to the chase and cracking me up, too! Photostats!!! Oh, man, that takes me back.

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  11. Akiko and Lauren, thanks for your well wishes. I am confident that at some point all will be well. Getting from point A to point B... well, I WILL find a way.

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  12. R...I'm sorry you are going through tough times. Congratulations on the sale of the painting above . Your talent, older and wiser, will carry you through.
    I have those roses too, nice to know their name!

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  13. Well - your paintings are fabulous - they will continue to earn you income I am sure.
    And, dealing with bad clients can be such a nightmare - maybe it is good to lose that particular one.
    Maybe it IS the weather - who knows - but, you are not alone. Yesterday I said to a friend that if Monday is a bear - mine was a big, black, ugly, and mean one. Tuesday - sadly - was the same. I thought it interesting that you used the phrase "life transitions." When I was young - I thought there would be a time when life would settled and then flow easily. The older I get, the more I realize how naive this thought was. I listen to a bunch of different genres of music - just whatever suits my fancy, and lately a phrase in a country song has been hitting me over and over again. It talks about life being "disassembled and rearranged." How true this is.
    Anyway - too long, but, thinking of you during the disassembling and rearranging - you will emerge . . . :)

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  14. Don't get down R! Whenever one door closes another will open!! This painting you sold above is absolutely stunning! You're an exceptionally talented artist!

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  15. If you continue to paint flowers like this, everything will come up roses for you! Seriously, this is beautiful.

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  16. R., I share your discouragement. It's tough out there.

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  17. R., This painting is the best! I love the wavy petals; I can almost imagine a little bee weaving in and out of those gorgeous pink petals. I was a G.D. a thousand years ago, and I think I erased all memories of that world, but it all came back tonight when I read photostat -- funny that I had forgotten that word. I am so excited for the new opportunities that are coming your way -- Congratulations!

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  18. R. - with your immense talent, brain wattage and wit, everything is not only going to be fine, but STELLAR! I agree w/your friend: get painting and get your work out there. Difficult clients are a dime a dozen. Your talent is GOLD. big hugs! Liz

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  19. and..congratulations on selling this glorious painting, and on getting new reps!

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  20. I agree, the universe is helping you along with your transition whether you want to go along for the ride or not. Like you I was a G.D. for a lot of years before I had a family and I never did enjoy it.

    Your work is amazing! You have a strong sense of composition and organization of lights and darks that is eye catching. The painting you posted here is a good example. I'm sure you'll find a lot of success as a painter too!

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  21. R. I thought you were a painting pro...because your work just screams that to me. Fate can be a powerful thing and sometimes I feel if you trust in it, the right things start happening. Congrats on selling another stunning painting.

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  22. Thank you Dana, it's better already knowing that it will pass.

    Anne, thank you for your kind comments. I also thought (at 20) that at some early point my life would hit a 'set' point and that it would be smooth sailing from there on out. Where do we get these crazy ideas?? Certainly wasn't true for my parents and now none of my friends, either. I love the phrase "disassembled and rearranged"!! Thanks for passing it along.

    Thanks Manon! For both the mosaic tips and the wise phrase. I feel a door hitting me in the keister even as I type!!

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  23. Sorry to hear about the tough times, but your talent will see you through it. Gorgeous painting!

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  24. Mary Anne, thanks for the nice compliment!

    Mona, my discouragement is only temporary; I know better things are ahead.

    Angela, a former GD-- You too?? We should form a club for recovering creatives (an idea that Doug Hoover and I came up with last year).

    Liz, Thank you SO MUCH for your encouragement, keen intellect and kind words!

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  25. I missed a few people...

    Dominic, you rock!! Thanks for the visit.

    Edward, Many Thanks for the kind words.

    Vern, Even though I've been showing for 20 years, I'm still working towards the pro.

    Thank you, Kim!

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  26. Impressive!!! Wow... so much fun! Kayleen

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  27. Hi R,

    I don't think the universe punishes us,but
    I think each loss presents the chance for
    a new way of thinking. It doesn't feel good
    at the time, and I'm wishing you wonderful
    new clients who appreciate your expertise.

    At the same time your art work is just astoundingly beautiful. I feel the same way that you do about wonderful blog comments.
    Many kind people including you, have helped me
    in a year that had its hardships, including breaking my ankle. I wish you good steady work
    and time for art. Now presto, poof it will happen. You've heard of the Colbert bump (Steven Colbert on TV). This is the Muir bump.
    Great work, lots of money, kind friends, relatives, happy days, lots of love. It's all coming. Nobody who paints the way you do deserves anything else. (I hope it works). (It does sometimes). Love your blog, and your work.

    Barbara

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  28. Thank you, Kayleen!

    Thank you Barbara! How about we change it to good steady art sales and no need for other mundane employment?

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  29. Hi! Beautiful work and a great blog! Yes, everything is going to be just fine... every time the Universe has suggested I jump off a cliff, I have always grown wings before I hit the bottom. Thanks for stopping by my blog, don't be a stranger! Greg

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  30. Thank you, Greg, for the inspiration and motivation!

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  31. I agree with you , R...this blogging and talking to each other helps so very much. Did you see what the universe said on my blog today?
    Your work is amazing.... and there are people wanting it out there. Let the GDGD(:-)) go softly and not let it ruin the mood for the direction in which you are headed! Lots of good vibes coming to you in these comments.
    Oh yeah, and since you give so much , it will surely come back to you. Chin up and keep painting.

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  32. p.s. I love this painting and see?..so did someone else!Try those daffs, yet?

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  33. R. When one door closes, there's usually another which opens.
    Your work is so absolutely remarkable that I have not doubt you'll gain more than you lose.

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  34. YES!!! Marian, thank you for penning my new mantra!

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  35. R., this is a wonderful painting! I hope the loss of clients is offset by a fab expansion of your fine art business. Your work is so good and so distinctive, it is sure to succeed!!

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  36. p.s. I noticed that you have me on your blogroll. I thought I already had you on mine, but I didn't. That's fixed -- you're on it now.

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  37. Best of luck to you, and yes, it is the universe saying it's time to paint!! I have a "Story People" card (artist Brian Andreas) on my file cabinet that says: "If you hold on to the handle, she said, it's easier to maintain the illusion of control. But it's more fun if you just let the wind carry you." Being a control freak myself, it's hard to let go. But if you take a deep breath and listen you'll hear the wind right outside your window.

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  38. Best of luck to you, and yes, it is the universe saying it's time to paint!! I have a "Story People" card (artist Brian Andreas) on my file cabinet that says: "If you hold on to the handle, she said, it's easier to maintain the illusion of control. But it's more fun if you just let the wind carry you." Being a control freak myself, it's hard to let go. But if you take a deep breath and listen you'll hear the wind right outside your window.

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  39. Yes, it will be okay! I promise. :)

    I think you'll end up being able to paint full-time and your paintings will pay your bills.

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  40. Chris, Thank you! I believe that is just will happen. Especially since you typed it!

    Cheryl, that's a great story card, thanks for sharing!

    Jala, well.... if You Promise!
    Thanks!! Bestest artist affirmation yet.
    It gives me an idea...

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  41. Yes everything gonna be OKAY!!
    I understand what you are talking about, i am in bzns too, Travel!
    Keep painting!

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  42. Thanks, Irit!! I love your always positive attitude. (Can I come over for some ice cream?)

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  43. This flower is absolutely lovely. I love how the petals seem to dance.

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Thank you for your kind comments! They always make my day.