Show Me Intentions, Confessions and New Art

What's Up

My intentions to write a bi-weekly to monthly newsletter/blog have fallen short. Right now, by all account, it has two months since I posted anything. I tried to write in May about my experience with my first show of the season being shut down early due to unsafe weather conditions. It started out honest and but the more I wrote I was getting more upset. I was sick afterwards. Lost my voice and felt funky. I was disappointed, actually more exhausted, and trying to articulate it with even the slightest coherency, was a challenge. Note to self :Why keep living this and holding on? Let it go I am the only one reading this. It would be June until I actually got it to where it was click and publish worthy. Instead, I deleted it entirely.

I am not a full time artist. As much as I would love to dream so,  I have a great 40/hr a week job in hospitality. My employer and coworkers are terrific., My schedule is perfect as it allows me to paint, do shows, and pay my bills.. I am not ashamed by any means. It is in my About Artist statement!!  I am happy, grateful and proud, it's just something I don't advertise on Facebook.  I work at Marilyn Grad Handpainted Mixed Media Creations. And I do work a lot at it.

See, if I were a full- time artist, in my mind, I would have more time to write bi-weekly/monthly in this space. I would not be 2 months behind my intentions. I would have the shopping cart on my website already.  It will get done, that I know.  I am happy with my lifestyle for the most part. I have a nice balance. I created it. I do what I can.  But, there is always a but, a learning curve, an excuse and a sacrifice.

I wanted to have a post for July before August. So this is it.  My What's New is really not that new to me. But August will be!! I still have a few weeks. .

What's Happening?

I have two July shows coming up in five days. Both in Chicago. This entry is actually posting in JULY and ahead of show schedule. YES!!! It can and will be done.

July 14: Friday Art Market on the Daley Plaza
50 W. Washington between N. Dearborn and N. Clark
Booth Location 107 near the fountain and N. Clark
Hours: 8:30am* - 6:00pm
* The show really starts at 8:00am but it takes me longer to set up my booth.

July 15-16:
Southport Art Festival
3700 N. Southport between Waveland & Byron Grace (Near Brown Line)
Booth Location: 159.5 near Mercury Theater (3745 N. Southport)
Saturday : 10am-7:00pm
Sunday: 10am-5:00

COMING IN AUGUST:
August 4: Friday Art Market on Daley Plaza - LAST ONE
August 19 & 20: Glenwood Ave. Art Festival in Rogers Park

 

What's New

I have been busy painting. I will have twelve new paintings making their debut for the July shows. Abstract, Natural Elements, Geisha, Deities, Whim(sical) and Buddha themes. They will soon be professionally photographed to have on my website. I photographed these myself.

So, I hope you will come visit me for the shows this weekend if you are in the Chicago area, check out my show schedule for more shows, and my website for new art shot professionally!! I will mention it in my next newsletter!

Always,

Marilyn


 

 

Natural Elements: Wood, Stone and Costa Rican Sand Rock, 2016/17 Acrylic, recycled stone tile on 8" x 6" cradled wood panel

Natural Elements: Wood, Stone and Costa Rican Sand Rock, 2016/17
Acrylic, recycled stone tile on 8" x 6" cradled wood panel

Whim(sical): Glam Girls: 2017 Acrylic on 10" x 8" cradled wood panel

Whim(sical): Glam Girls: 2017
Acrylic on 10" x 8" cradled wood panel

External Chaos, Internal Calm, 2017 Buddha with Blue Lace Agate, Acrylic, resin Buddha,  Costa Rican sand stone on 6" x 8" cradled wood panel  

External Chaos, Internal Calm, 2017
Buddha with Blue Lace Agate,
Acrylic, resin Buddha,  Costa Rican sand stone on 6" x 8" cradled wood panel
 

Deities: Ganesha with Citrine, 2017 Acyrlic, recycled Ganesha, glitter, on 8" x 8" cradled wood panel

Deities: Ganesha with Citrine, 2017
Acyrlic, recycled Ganesha, glitter, on 8" x 8" cradled wood panel

Introducing the What's Up Pop Up Newsletter

I mentioned in my first blog post, Me and marilyngrad.com, that I wasn't sure what to do with this space called Blog that came with my website. I am not obligated to use it. I can turn the space into anything.  I have a blog on Tumblr -  The Art of Creative Pursuits and Passions about the creative process and things that inspire me.  Mind you,  I haven't posted on it in over a year but I still like it. So I will keep it and show it more love and attention.  ( I can just hear a professional organizer that helps you purge stuff telling me to get rid of it but I'm not ready yet.)

This space is a fresh opportunity and the start of brand new day/endeavor for me. (You can groan. Photo is one of 8 pop-up sunrises I took in Costa Rica in Jan 2017 and wanted to apply it somehow in this context). 

I gave myself time to come up with some ideas until one hollered NEXT! There are definite voids in my "must have"  marketing and social media arsenal that need filling, attention or both. My website took first priority. Now that that is in good shape, I have decided on my NEXT and have the perfect space to do it!  Clue: You'll find it two paragraphs up.

Pop Ups are all over city streets and neighborhoods filling vacant spaces that need transforming. They are host to rotating artworks, kiosks, events, and other creative, inventive uses. And they are not limited to one theme or idea so there is flexibility to change and reconfigure when and if necessary. With this available pop up space on my website,  I am taking on the role of creative landlord to transform it into something fun, informative and inspiring. It's so close to my home, head and heart, just a matter of feet and inches so there is no commute. AND, the rent is already paid for the year so I don't have to worry about eviction.

So with some fanfare and much relief, this Blog space entitled What's Up,What's New,What's Happening, will be used as my newsletter. For now until I convert to MailChimp-maybe..I like that it is the same platform as my website. Shaves some time off the learning curve and I use the same URL to log in. I am becoming more comfortable and confident using this platform. All the more reason to use and promote it more.

I felt horrible when I recognized that the only time I truly reached out to connect to everyone was when I had a show coming up. This includes people I met and talked to at shows,  gave me their emails, purchased my art, and all the supportive friends, acquaintances, coworkers who continue to help and encourage me. The appearance of 'Sure, contact me only when you want to make a sale.  Erratic and inconsistent communication'  certainly makes it easier for them move on and for me to be forgotten. I want to be taken seriously. Absolutely, positively FAIR. I have learned and hope to change this. That is why this newsletter and this space in important to me and my definite NEXT!.

I am looking forward to connecting more with you, being less fair weathered, sharing more of what is going on with my art, what's up with me, interesting events, and yes, what's happening with shows I am doing.  You can always come to this Pop Up Newsletter to find out What's Up, What's New, What's Happening. My NEXT! holler plan: creating a Shopping Cart for my site. Can't wait to begin that learning curve.