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