Last week at the Lower Town Arts and Music Festival in Paducah, Kentucky a patron sidled up to me and whispered “I’ve been coming to this show for the past three years and this is the first time I ever bought anything!” as she handed me one of my “400 Mornings” books to wrap up. What an exquisite honor! I took in wonderful comments all weekend, and as I also had my car there as part of their Art Car section I got to see some uncensored reactions to it too. Peeps didn’t realize it was mine at first, I guess, so some let loose with some pretty opinionated bombs, lol. Funny thing is though, almost as soon as they had said them, you could see a different look sort of claim their expression, they softened and almost every single person ended up smiling.
Thats’ the thing with being an artist; you really do put it out there for the world to react to, and those reactions aren’t always affirming But so often they are. And what a truly wonderful experience to be in on the ground floor of a potential paradigm shift in a non-artsy person. I left western Kentucky with a happy feeling as a result of being ‘out there’ on the street with my art. My new work, the paintings, got a great reaction from the crowd, and I think I’m on a good track with them. Most of them were inspired by the drawings I was doing last year – so I’ve kept up with that.
Below are the last ten to add to the series, and into Volume 2, should there be one.