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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Guadalupe Arenas IV

When Art Becomes Work

My work continues on the portrait of Guadalupe Arenas which is the truly wonderful part of being an artist.  It's the work in front of the easel, the drawing in the sketchbook that we artists are driven to do, that we love to do, that captivates us, entertains us, frustrates us and brings us satisfaction.   I don't think one of us considers this WORK.  However if you are a serious artist there are other tasks to accomplish and some of those are considered WORK.  


Currently painting the diamond pattern on the snakes in this portrait of Guadalupe Arenas.

One of those tasks is the submission of our creative efforts to juried exhibitions.  A Call and Prospectus is received, read, reviewed, work chosen to submit.  Typically time is spent in front of the computer working with photos of the submitted work.   After all is done, sent off, it's time to sit back and wait for notification.  

Last month, because I am a member of the Artists Council of the Palm Springs Art Museum I was invited to submit to a juried exhibition titled:  Artistic Expressions of the Coachella Valley. Yesterday I was notified my work was accepted.  A collaboration between the University of California, Riverside-Palm Desert and the Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council the exhibit will run from March 3 through April 22, 2016.  Additional time will be spent delivering the work, attending the opening (March 3, 5-7PM, UCR Palm Desert Center), retrieving the work at end of the exhibition.  But for now, it's time to submit to another exhibition and then spend time in front of the easel doing what I love to do.

Madame Butterfly
40 x 40
6000.
Accepted into 'Artistic Expressions of the Coachella Valley', an exhibition at UCR Palm Desert which runs from March 3 - April 22


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