Thursday, April 8, 2010

Laurel Jean Siler back on etsy, woo hoo!!

Last weekend I got a a message from my brother. He called to say he had talked to someone he used to work for, who used to be my Chiropractor (still would be if I had much in the way of money to pay him). My brother told me that Dr. Chiropractor mentioned that I should bring some artwork into the office to hang in their waiting room to offer for sale. He had mentioned this to me twice before, saying "hey you need to bring me some stuff..." and last time it was "as soon as we're done with the rennovations, seriously!"

What's funny is, I know what spawned all of this. He's a great guy and he'd always been really nice to me, so before I left for art school I made a drawing of a portion of the spine with ink, charcoal and colored pencils... and I framed it in an inexpensive frame and gave it to him. He was blown away, you could have knocked him over with a feather. To me, it wasn't a big deal, to him it was HUGE. And since then, he's had a huge amount of respect for my work and been interested in helping me sell it.

I gave him that drawing on a whim almost five years ago. I had, in fact, not done much drawing in the last several years. When I got to art school I was mostly painting. After my first semester, I was hardly painting at all. It's been 2 years since I moved back (post-art school) and now... I'm drawing again!

The last time I had talked to him he mentioned being interested in sports themed work. It's a sports medicine clinic, so it totally makes sense. So in preparing to take some work over to him, i did eight drawings based on athletic bodies in motion (or action... the one on his knees is active without being moving a whole lot). I will probably do some more. I decided to make and sell a few prints of the works on etsy. I listed six yesterday (late last night/early this morning... however you see it). One sold before I woke up. Yahoo!

Stuff like that always serves as a confirmation that I need to be serious about my artwork and about my business.

When I haven't drawn for a long time, it's really easy to forget that I have any ability at all. I think skill without use becomes a blind spot, somehow. It's too easy sometimes to forget that I have a lot of skill and knowledge because I live in the middle of a desert where there's very little development in high art. Visual Art. It's amazing to be like this so close to Los Angeles.

I am enjoying getting back to it. I like working and feeling like I am getting somewhere.

If you want to check out the rest of the drawings I've done so far in this series, please feel free to check out my etsy shop.


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