11 May 2014


Scattered. I've been calling myself that for a while now and it's time to take an informed pause. Running around trying to "do" everything is just wearing me down and it's like trying to build three houses at the same time, with different blueprints and materials and locations. You spend more time running between the houses than actually building them. 

From my last post it is clear that I cannot live from painting just yet. By character,  I am not willing to risk it all in the pursuit of expensive and self-fulfilling marketing strategies. I'd be glad to teach workshops but need to invest in serious transportation and again,  more marketing, more business structure. What can I say, my taste for risk is limited considering how "wrong" would look like and how clueless I still am. Here's to mentors' and supportive families (mine is, they are just too far.)

So I'm putting my painting on hold. No more shows, contests, memberships and no more framing (yay). I will paint, I can NOT help it, I will blog  until financing it competes with food and housing. I will talk about art till I'm blue in the face but job-finding is the new urgent matter that trumps the only thing that matters to me. Need to be cold and calculating (ha!)  about that.

Here are some pieces I did for the Segil and Tirage Galleries' sponsored outing at Arlington Gardens in Pasadena. I sold one painting which is great. And I truly enjoyed the scenery and I think it shows. Summer has started in Los Angeles and that's the time when I want to crawl in the freezer and not come out till October.

"Step Inside"10"x8"

"Time is of the essence" 12"x9"

"The Breeze" 14"x11"


Judy P. said...

Good stuff here; best wishes on your practical fiscal plans. I guess I'm on the opposite track, just painting now after years of a regular job. Thanks for your honesty, it makes me not miss the potential shows, framing, exhibiting I might have done. It makes me appreciate and focus on the present, but I'm still mighty impatient with my painting progress-must get better! It's always good to read your posts.

Anonymous said...

"The Breeze" is a perfect afternoon captured perfectly! Don't lose heart Jose, you've learned you can be tough and resilient as so many families are doing right now.-Ruth

Anonymous said...

The Breeze is a perfect afternoon captured perfectly! Don't lose heart Jose. You've learned how to be tough and resilient like so many families are doing right now. -Ruth