i stopped over across the street at the main street program office today and met kim. the coordinator. i had bumped into our mayor last week (also who lives/works across the street) and asked if i could put a piece of art up to decorate his wall and maybe sell (giving him commission of course). no go. he already has too much of his own purchased art up. but he did tell me to stop by kims. so stop i did.
it was disheartening to hear that the 'main street program' has been trying to get together with the wynne home art and visitor center (where i have work in the gift shop) and have artists put work in local shops. she said only 2 other artists were up for it. considering there aren't even that many shops/places here i'm not feeling like this is gonna happen anytime soon or amount to much. BUT i will keep banging my head against the huntsville wall. there are a few lawyer offices here, there are a few places left to try.
art is a funny funny thing. i will laugh one day i'm sure. sometimes i miss the wonderful gallery i was in back in Vermont. they knew how to treat art. how to treat artists. they really did. i never felt like my art was going to be mishandled and it got respect. i still think doing it online is my best bet here, especially if i keep up with smaller items.
i still have no clue people. none. where/what/when. why. wtf. sometimes i think stop making more flowers or vases because its just too much stuff and making more art isn't how you sell art. i'm sniffing around. trying this and that. wondering who/how to market to more people. mostly i'm so tired its not easy to be online let alone keep working. feeling less stressed at the moment but i still need some huge shift, even if i could keep working this much and make enough to stay here physically i dont i have it in me to keep working two full time jobs. cleaning. art. its too much. how ya do it with kids/pets...homes to tend to. you got one up on me if you are one of those super human people that do it all. i'm holding on to my rebar flower with all my might, as if it is a magic wand to be waved.
speaking of which, two new flowers. one is up on etsy now the other i might have to get to tomorrow. sleep...sleep...sleep.
I'm particularly pleased with the stem thing in the back of the flower...such a cool find! the other flower is a triumph...i guess when i find what i deem 'ugly' things on the road and make them into flowers i feel i've just done a magic trick. i know most people like lots of color...but to me there is something more powerful about a rusty or degraded piece of rubber/plastic/metal that is truly trash becoming a piece of art regardless of it's color. color fades....the body, the substance...the 'thing' has the character. and this one just delights me because i wasn't sure i could really make it into a flower.