post show post
The War Wounds show opened last weekend at the Parthenon, and the reception was buzzing and humbling. So many days and weeks that add up to years have been put into this artistic journey, that sometimes I lose sight of things. Social media has certainly become a soapbox upon which an artist can hold up studio creations and get instant feedback… BUT, the love and support that I felt in that gallery was the real thing, and I am still fueled by the experience. I felt like everyone there was part of my extended family that has slowly grown over the last lifetime, and to see the various pockets of conversation amongst friends was a gift that I will always cherish. The night was a perfect celebration of life and art, and I am extremely grateful that I was able to be a part of that. A big thank you to Susan Schockley, the curator at the gallery, who made this exhibit possible.. and to MarkMedley for all of his help too. Sometime in April, I believe, Robert Hicks will be the guest speaker at the gallery, backdropped by the wounded soldiers, as he discusses why the Civil War still matters… this is in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the end of the war. I will keep you, my nine readers, updated on this as the details come into focus.
I am back to work in the studio, working on pieces that I have been thinking about for months, and it feels good to be a bit experimental… and colorful. There are two other projects that will have to wait just a little longer, but I will be taking on the largest painting that I have ever done… a 6’x9′ cinematic “landscape.” I am itching to get into that one, but, simply have no idea where it goes when I complete it.
David Lusk Gallery is moving right along, approaching the one year anniversary, and there are dozens of conversations that swirl around in my head about the experience of working in a commercial gallery. I don’t really have too much interest in having many of the conversations about what is going on with Nashville’s art market, and why is it not at the level “we” think it should be. Sure, some serious conversations might need to be had at certain levels, but, “doing the next right thing” is often the best thing that anyone can do in any given moment. ( I do realize that some of this may not make sense or mean anything, but I am trying to finish this to get to the studio for an hour before going to the gallery to open for the day… and then the night for the art crawl… another subject of one of those conversations.) ciao.