today was hanging day at the gallery. monthly before first thursday (our gallery stroll) we rehang the gallery. each artist is supposed to trade out 1/3 of their work. we have 144 linear inches, so that would be 48 linear inches. i was sure that i was going to be short inches this month b/c i didn't see how i would have enough new work done. but i managed to finish a few things and the gap went from 18 inches to 10 to 4.
this is the last piece i finished. this is a shot of the laser transfer that i did to a 3x3 canvas onto fiber paste, then painted over with acrylic thinned with glazing medium.
the 3x3 canvas fit perfectly into the back of this 6x6 that i had been washing with paint left from other things and was the perfect color for the image. (i need to figure out what brand of canvas this was, as none of the 6x6 left on the shelf will take a 3x3 like this. damnit!)
with the interior wood painted
and the finished product- which brought me up to 140 of my 144 inches and was completed around midnight last night, after the eilen jewell concert.
and i was up at 6:30 to walk dogs before going to the gallery to hang. and when i got there, the same regular group of artists hadn't bothered to bring in new art to hang and we were still moving and rehanging their art, even though we have the conversation about making everyone follow the rules every month. and i lost it.
it makes me incredibly angry that i work very hard to produce new art monthly to meet my obligation to the gallery, full time job and all, and these people are allowed to disregard the rules. i feel strongly that it is important for the gallery to have new art monthly.
i don't understand people who call themselves artists but don't produce art. working artists produce art- they grow and learn and keep refining and create a body of work. if we want to be taken seriously as a gallery and not viewed as a vanity gallery or old lady coop we need to push our members to keep getting better.
i have only once (for valentine's day) rehung something that was in the gallery previously. there have probably been some times when i have hung things that weren't great but were new, but i am getting better about that. and that's better than bringing in things that aren't great OR new.
what i am working on now is letting this go. because all i can control is myself. i have made my feelings on this very clear and spoken to board members and i can't really do any more. my mantra for the next hanging day will be ohm.....