Skip to main content

You have to have some doubts.

Preparing for a show is always full of stress and doubt. There's always a bit of uncertainty that surrounds the process. Packing and unpacking, hanging and labeling or should talk or just stand here. Will the work be accepted or will anyone even show up!
Being an artist is more than the act of creating, that's why its called "Artwork"!  Last night, my solo show open in San Antonio and while it was greeted with cheer and smiles I can't wait to see and hear what people have to say or write about the new work. I took a lot of chances ... even though that's what I'm supposed to do with my work.  Now, that cynical monster (doubt) is in my studio. I'll kick his ass out later, but for today he's my sparring partner.

Recently, I read an article where Jerry Saltz gave students ten tips on what it takes to live as an artist. Check it out the link below, he has some great advice.

Also, here a short list of great books to read when you are not pulling out your hair painting.
101 Things to Learn in Art School by Kit White
Ways of Seeing by John Berger
Art and Fear by David Bayles [if you don’t get any other book get this one!]
I’d rather be in the Studio by Alyson Stanfield
The Artist Way by Julia Cameron
What is Painting by James Elkins
A wonderful art patron looking at my newest "Resurgent" 29x40


Popular posts from this blog

Modern Art Notes Podcast

The Spelman College Museum of Art is showing "Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi" through May 19. The exhibition features work Roberts has made in the last half-decade, work that uses collage and girlhood to examine issues of race, gender, and America's present condition. It was curated by Andrea Barnwell. San Francisco's Jenkins Johnson Gallery just opened an exhibition of Roberts' work called "Uninterrupted." It's on view through March 17.
Deborah Roberts was recently included in the group exhibition "Fictions" at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Her work is in the collections of the Studio Museum, the Blanton at the University of Texas, and the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University.
The Spelman College Museum has uploaded a conversation between Barnwell and Roberts. Part one is here
The Modern Art Notes Podcast is a weekly, hour-long interview program featuring artists, historians, authors, …

About last year

Last year was a crazy, exciting and exhilarating year for me, I went to the Volta Art Fair in March and everything I thought I knew as an artist changed over night. All of a sudden everything I always wanted happened, that magical sun light found me waiting for my moment. I have always honored my practice, did what was necessary and let the works move me in the direction it need to go. I've dealt with disappointments, failures, missed opportunities and fear of change but this isn't anything unusual, most artist go through these things everyday.
I'm nothing special, I think this can happen to any artist who works hard and is passionate about their work and accepts that its not about them but the work.
I told myself the other day when I felt exhausted from travel that the other side of success is poverty and I've done that, so get up and go work in the studio because while nothing last forever and it's up to me to stay focus, keep my feet planted and to continue to …