Monthly Archives: May 2014

Dilemma of the Working Artist

Busy painting away, for a portrait series coming up next month (the painting featured here is a part of this series). All while preparing for a few new series – the cycle of submission deadlines! By the time your work gets exhibited, you’re applying for the next shows. It certainly keeps you on your toes, and, for better or worse, keeps you future-oriented.

Meanwhile..in the present, it presents a slightly difficult problem: between past and future shows, you start to run out of room for more canvases.

Portrait in Progress | Saltwater Birch Studio

Here arises the dilemma of the working (and not rich) artist: you either have to sell them all (wouldn’t that be lovely!) or find a sustainable storage option.

Admittedly, my storage situation is, at the moment, not exactly ideal. It involves using every available wall space, and some reconfigured bookcases. Eventually, when I feel less lazy more ambitious, I may end up building an art rack, along these lines: herehere, or here (this last one is for purchase, though it looks DIY-able).

Portrait in Progress | Saltwater Birch Studio

And…this is usually around the time when I start daydreaming about a warehouse sized studio, with a splendid garden view and floor to ceiling windows. Mind you, warehouses tend to run in the $300K range, but that’s what lotteries and dreams are for!

Portrait in Progress | Saltwater Birch Studio

In the meantime, I’ll keep on painting, even as canvases creep their way onto every surface, multiplying every 3 weeks or so (I can’t resist a good canvas sale).