Creativity and Business, Balancing the Scale
This Saturday my fiancé and I attended the San Francisco Fine Art Fair of modern and contemporary art at Fort Mason. And then on Sunday we went to the opening of the Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay at the De Young art museum. He got several points when we first met because he told me that he was a long standing member of the art museum and asked if I’d like to go to exhibits at the DeYoung and the Legion of Fine Art. He’s the best art museum companion! After this weekend I was struck by the fact that I haven’t been spending enough time painting. That I had several undeveloped ideas for new bodies of work. And that there are many creative challenges that I want to explore. For those who know me, you know that I don’t shy away from the business side of the scale. But lately I’ve noticed that it’s been tipping in one direction and it’s time to rebalance. So this week I took action. I rented a small storage space to make room in my Presidio beach studio for painting larger canvases. With my art student intern’s help we cleaned, reorganized, and purged my studio. This included slashing several finished canvases that where not working for me, a very therapeutic and cleansing exercise. I now feel more refreshed and ready to create.