Art? You just do it! Martin Ritt
Is there a blog waiting to be written, thoughts to be shared or do I just want to ignore this process? The process that helps put things in perspective. Opens the door to awareness as well as forward movement.
I received the confirmation this morning with details of the William Way Center Gallery Art show which is my prize, winning 2 second place in the annual Juried Art show, two months ago. The new show runs from July 12 to August 27 with reception on Friday July 16th. I have the option of 10/15 pieces. They request two images for post cards to announce and promote the exhibit. The work has to be in on July 11, and all most be available for sale with 35% commission going to the center .
Do I have anything ready? Of course not! Do I know what pieces I would like to exhibit? Yes a few, as I had written before my thoughts about this exhibit should represent my art in many genera’s or express more gay themed work? Two men from the Reception desired to see more photographs from Eastern State Penitentiary which is a powerful statement of lines and shadow, darkness and light! I am being dawn to some of the shots of The Faces of Marriage that I took at the Equality Forum Out Festival in the early spring. Yet does this work represent me as an artist, or person? Or both.
Breathe Jeff, Breathe… It will all come to you! You have great art work, beautiful photography in many areas. Yes Nature should be represent too. It is your natural setting, yet not as interesting to many people yet you have some powerful views of common everyday sights. And it is the purpose of your gift to show the world the extraordinary everyday world! So choose those too! Breathe…. Aahhh! Breathe…
The lilies shots that I posted yesterday where from a garden in Collingswood NJ, that has been a center piece on the road for years, and on my way back from the farmers market I stopped there to shoot the flowers. As I drove into the parking lot I notice a guy sitting there on the back of his truck, shirtless, ear pods in his ears, upon looking at the truck I realized he was the landscaper, he was there watering the plants, it was never set up with an in ground system so with the heat we have had manual watering was a must. He looked over when I got out of the van, I gestured to the camera, holding up, he said sure. So I went about my creativity, it was fairly bright at 10 am, so I had to shot and a much different level, shifting the shutter to about 1000 to cut down the light and not have burn out. There was nothing in the garden much more than the different colors of lilies, the bright orange, the pale yellow-green, yellow, and the rusty read. A few other flowers where there but not in the best of shape due from natural evolution more than anything else.
On my way to leave I went over to offer the guy my business card, that is when I found out he was the landscaper and had been doing this work for over 20 years or more, he was about to be 65 and still doing his art. He talked about some of the places he had worked on and still does. He mentioned that many had cut back and that is why there were only lilies on display among the greens.
On Sunday I met with a friend for brunch in the Fairmont area of Philly, across the street from Eastern State Penitentiary. I chose to do meet Russ instead of heading to New Hope Pa and a Photo gathering that was going for the day. Russ had reached out a few weeks ago, he had found me on Facebook, we had been AA friends before I moved to NJ and up to NY. In moving I lost contact with many people who are now starting to resurface and I thought it would be nice to have some one or one time. He had followed my foot steps to Community College to get his Associates in Behavioral Health and continued on. He just received his Master in Social work. So we had that in common, plus he seems to be shining the light on a deeper spiritual journey as well his interest in the Radical Faeries.
After bunch of Vegan Wrap of cucumber, tomato, humus, and a cup of gazpacho and good honest conversations we walked down to Logan Square to but our feet in the fountain which was filled with kids of all ages splashing about, running under the sprays of water shooting from mouths of frogs, turtles, and fish. As well as the giant figures that make up the fountain center in which 40 foot sprays of water shoot into the sky and run down muscular figures into the terraced fountain at our feet.
Ahh! I feel better now! So my path for the next couple of weeks is laid out for me. Searching, choosing, printing, framing, exhibiting. Not only at the William Way Center but also at Beans Coffee Shop in Woodstown NJ, which I missed last month due to the art show. I was very surprised when I realized I had missed the Salem County Art League exchange exhibit which is a bimonthly exhibit. Much as been going on for me artistically, caught up in the rush of the Art show win and reception I lost track to Art League goings on. More than just taking photographs getting work out there, exhibited, and expressed.
Thank you ! I Love You!
Growth Question: Do you get lost in your creativity and forget other activities?
I am Love, Jeff