Friday, June 15, 2012
Day 4 - Good for my Art & Soul
Yesterday I had the most wonderful day. After dancing in my kitchen (see yesterday's post)... I met with Jeanie Madsen, owner of the amazing Jeanie Madsen Gallery here in Santa Monica. Every now and then you meet a kindred spirit and she is one of them. We went to Bergamot Station and perused some galleries and had lunch. It was such a treat to take in other people's artwork and to hear what Jeanie thought from a gallery owner's perspective. She would throw out ideas about certain pieces that blew me away... little nuances that would enhance a piece beautifully... not change it.
It's so easy to get comfortable in my bubble and not venture out of it. Yesterday, I was reminded of how crucial an ingredient it is, to get out and soak up the work of others and feed my art and soul. I loved seeing Dan Shepherd's work at DNJ Gallery along with Dale Johnson's work By The Sea. All of the art, whether I liked it or not, was wonderful to see. Don't shoot me for making yet another comparison to music but... It's like listening to a lot of music and absorbing it all and then what comes out is a combination of all the different sounds that made an impact on me. And another comparison for writing... the adage -if you want to be a good writer, than read voraciously. It's this aspect that I miss most about formally studying with a professor... I used to love reading the articles assigned and going to exhibits and then writing about what I saw and how I interpreted it.
Just being in the galleries refueled my desires to have my own work exhibited in galleries and museums... I let the energy fill me and when it came time to have lunch at the amazing Bergamot Cafe I could hardly eat!
Yesterday was a wonderful gift and I consider myself extremely blessed to have shared it with such a beautiful and inspirational woman. Today's image was actually taken in one of the galleries yesterday.