Skip to main content

South Florida Cultural Consortium and other updates

It has been a very long time since I have posted anything that was not a painting. Part of the feeling of trepidation was that I ,simply, am not a writer, the other part is that I consider myself to be a consumer of other people's thoughts and ideas (I thought of putting a link to some of the words I tend to consume here, but found that A. I don't really know how to do that and B. there may be too many and way too many political one at that) I am compelled tonight ,however, to finally put up a few thoughts on my current state of affairs. We live in a culture that is quite content on airing personal to-doings and what-nots. Some become consumed by a great many and others are rarely, if at all, seen. Who knows, but here is my little contribution: It has been a very nice week for me. I won the South Florida Cultural Consortium http://www.broward.org/ARTS/ARTISTS/SOUTHFLORIDACULTURALCONSORTIUM/Pages/Default.aspx . This is a prize given every year to artist that are favored by that year's jury. I was, quite frankly, shocked that I was the winner. Do not get me wrong, it is not that I lack confidence in my ability to make art. It is something else. A damnable idea about what I find to be the state of art around me. A state in which I have for a long time felt both somewhat familiar and alien to. The feeling I have is like returning to the place you grew up in and finding it completely different, and yet it looks the same. Do you get what I mean? This year there must have been enough people on that jury that had some kind of affinity to my feeling that they chose me as this year's recipient of the prize. My family and I have nothing but the utmost sense of gratitude to this group of jurors. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Updates on other areas of my life: I am experimenting with creating prints of my work for my fans that have shown interest in owning a few paintings but ,understandably, felt that they could not part with their hard-earned money in this economic climate (When oh when will this recession end?!) I should have some available very soon. I will make the announcement on Facebook when they are ready. I assure you they will be affordable. Also, I have been wondering if you, kind reader, (yes you) would suggest which painting you would like to have a print of. Write me your choice and I will compile a consensus as to which one was the most requested. Who knows maybe there will be a prize print given away. Details to the prize print will also be announced on Facebook as well, so make sure to friend me or ask me.

Other news: good thing it has been a pretty good year with these prizes-Paint Me Miami and now the South Florida Cultural Consortium and as always I am grateful to the students that are still signing up for my classes although some think I am "mean and strict" and other things (that's for another post, I am sure) because we will have another mouth to feed in some months! My wife has been pretty low-key about it and I have been quite the opposite, but we are both finally comfortable to share the news. Our son Miles is going to be a big brother!

Comments

Natasha said…
Congrats and congrats! Loooong overdue, on the one hand, and such a gift for the three of you on the other - you'll see what I mean in a lil'while.
Andy said…
Congratulations John! On all fronts... Family, Life and Career. You are an incredibly talented artist. I feel privileged to have witnessed the early stages of your talent way back when. I do hope to some day own one of your originals :) I am very happy for you!
Alfredo said…
Congratulations John, family and career gettin' bigger. Couldn't have happened to a better man ! Deservedly grand wishes for your Cadillac moment brother !

Popular posts from this blog

La Bodega Sketches

SOLD SAN DIEGO CALIFORNIA 
A restless feeling has been coming over me these last few weeks. Another daunting move to a new studio space that may or may not be long term, my first solo show in four years at Sirona Fine Art in Gulfstream Park Hallendale Florida, the silly grading I will have to do for my students at Broward College, the juggling of private students and packing and deciding for the move, throw in long drives home, a tired wife, two energetic sons and a partridge and a pear tree. I am thinking of one of the managers I had while a short stint as a waiter some years ago, he would like to rub his thumb and index finger together whenever one of the waiters began a list of complaints saying "here is the world's smallest violin playing a sympathy piece for you, now take this fried grouper to table 4" In the midst of this I have found myself having to make sketches and notes for what may be future paintings. Life goes on and I have been insisting that art (for me)…

Being an artist is a lot like a rollercoaster ride. Here is what to do about it.

Being an artist is a lot like being on a rollercoaster. There are ups and downs but all of it thrilling. Thrilling can be seen as a negative with all its stress and fears. Who would want to go through that? Well, those very things can feel positive. It is understood that in order to enjoy the ride you simply accept that those stresses are part of it. Notice how most people feel exhilarated coming off the rollercoaster. In fact we tend to rush, now a days, to see what we looked like during those hairy pin turns in the photos posted as you walk out of the ride. Most people have fun.

As artist we can have stretches of time when all is great. You can have paintings, like I did, flying all over the world to live in a new homes. Your bank account can be flush with cash, no credit card debts, maybe a bit of a surplus for fun things or investments. That’s how it was for me right after my first solo show in 2005: a sold out show, some local write ups, attention, more interest in my work. Thi…

Oasis in the night

There it is, like a, well, an Oasis in the night. Poor planning, too much bravado or faith in the wrong way, or just not being aware can have you close to empty. Or maybe the road is clear, the plan is good it is just that you are cutting it close. At the 11th hour there it is, shining bright, the much needed refueling. I know many of you know what I mean. I myself know it all too well these days. My choices in life, as do yours(?) can seem difficult and the outcomes uncertain. I guess this personal post is as much motivational in nature for myself. I know these refueling stations of life exist. It may seem scary there in the dark. All we can do is to keep on driving. It will show up. It must. It has. This drawing is a reminder.


7"x9" drawing Framed 14.5" x 17"  Price $980