the new road
The transition from artist/housepainter to artist/gallery director is going very well so far. The numerous ways in which this new job seems to fit me deepens my gratitude for the entire experience. On every level I find countless ways in which this “promotion” will serve the Greater Good. I went shopping for the first pieces of my new wardrobe this past Saturday with my wife, and I/we had a great time. I don’t usually shop for “pieces of my wardrobe.” I have been a paint spattered t-shirt and jeans guy for twenty years; collars are rare. Now, I am the proud owner of five new “oxford” type shirts that will definitely up my professional appearance by at least ninety-three percent. And, it feels much more natural than I would have expected. I am busy with studio visits and the other various tasks required to build a starting roster for the gallery. I am excited to be working with those on the list so far, and we will be introducing them on our Facebook page starting this week. The build-out of the space should start in the next couple of weeks, and watching the progress will be a daily dose of delicious anticipation. I will be going to Memphis soon to select work to bring to the gallery for the opening… again, very exciting. I purchased my first iPhone last week. I had been holding on to my flip phone in stubborn refusal of the mainstream current. Oh, well… I surrender. I also have another email address, and soon, another business card. The gallery has a phone number, and we receive our first submission in the mail. I attended my first “art dealers” meeting… that was strange.