I wanted to share an interview I had with a local (Denver) magazine. I also secured a gallery for two solo shows this summer and with 2-3 fairs I look forward to the exposure.
On an icy Denver evening in the dead of winter, I was welcomed into the warm and bustling home of an artist named Warren Stokes. As his three boys sat around eating dinner, the boys’ mother—Stokes’ college sweetheart—apologized for their house not being tidy. She mentioned that they would be moving at the end of the week. Blown away by a family that would invite me into their home, at dinnertime, on moving week, immediately set the tone for the interview—these were some seriously kind people.
As Stokes and I settled onto the living room floor, we began talking about everything from his artwork to how he met the beautiful mother of his children, Shana.Stokes’ incredible passion and charisma was instantly clear. And I was hardly surprised when he mentioned his sons as his biggest source of inspiration.
After doing this maze I figured out my fear of using colors is over. I could have done better but I like what color does to the maze and how it can help tell a story and add a mood. I realize I could use some help in the color coordinating department but mazes aren't built in a day.
I recently shared my intervention story with the blog. Well I explained my family moving without me but I left out that I didn't have a place. Homeless! My refusal to work for anyone else cost me my wife. I also reached out to the subscribers of this blog to see or validate weather I was wasting my time or do I provide something of value.
Maze: This is a print "Flared Out" aka maze 363. I chose to share this with you because I wanted some art work that shows color and hope. I've had a crazy week. I had an interview with a local magazine, accepted to two separate online art sites, and partnered with a photographer who is going to shoot all 400+ pieces of my art in exchange for my promoting his photography business.
A Maze-ing Life Day 19: This is (the second of three) a recreation of a past maze for a friend of mine Serenity. www.art4lifeevent.com
Yesterday was very challenging for me. I didn’t want to make business calls and procrastinated. I finally made a dozen calls later in the afternoon. Although I could’ve been more productive I fought through frustration to make some calls. I worked on other projects that needed to be completed but didn’t equate to making money. Although it was action I’m working hard to take action steps that don’t make money during after business hours.
A Maze-ing Life Day 19: This is a recreation of a past maze for a friend of mine Serenity. www.art4lifeevent.com Shes currently defeating cancer and is having an art show to raise money for her related medical expenses. I created two more pieces I will share with in the following days.
Since I met Serenity she has truly inspired me and helped me to realize how to see the light through the dark. As I have shared many times in my blog how 2012 was a difficult year that I almost didn’t make it. Not facing half of what shes faced it is her great attitude that motivates me to understand that life is good no matter our circumstances and that laughing, love and life can happen if we take time to live! Visit her site and feel free to place a bid on the great art.
A Maze-ing Life Day 19: I chose this quote because the past few days I’ve been on edge and angry. Usually I can manage my anger with deep breaths and rationalization. But the past two days I’ve actually let it out verbally and physically (slamming my fists on the table). I know it has to do with my phone work. I usually get a little on edge during sales campaigns. Even during the issues with my marriage I’ve been under control.
Nevertheless, I made calls yesterday and today toward gaining a company to cross promote my art with. I can admit that my production has went down considerably each day of the week. But I’m confident that I will take the anger and use it tomorrow to my advantage in working on dreaming reality. How do you use your stress or anger?