Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Pendants, Pegboard, and Portraits
This is a small concrete statue I've lugged with me, for what I don't know. A bit small for displaying a pendant but here it is.
I strung some pendants I made some time ago on some hemp cord and added a few glass beads from my stash.
Wondering if I should remove the smaller glass beads and just have one instead of three? I could have put a metal spacer between the glass beads but they are too narrow to string on the hemp. Oh well. This was kind of a last minute thing.
Sometimes it's better to buy something ready made instead of making it yourself. Gary and got this pegboard display put together. And, well we didn't put enough hinges, the support wood was warped, so the hinges cause the wood to be too close together, so it won't fold up completely up, the pegboard is too wide which makes it too heavy to lift four sections together, and not having a top and bottom makes it too flimsy. I'll have to think about it again today.
Feedback from the gallery is the members liked my tropical couple, the long birds, and the alligator, but didn't remark about the other portraits. The portraits at the gallery are the pondering woman (upper left), the man with the pipe (middle left) and the one of Gary (middle). They haven't seen my other portraits. The whole group meets Thursday so I may have more feedback then.
I think the wall plaques and tiles look much better standing alone rather than in a group. Which brings me to the dilemma of how to display them at a show.
Now that I have these pegboard systems, maybe they aren't the best way to show off the work? Maybe less is more? Then there's the question of do I make art because someone likes it or because I have to? I just had to make all of these, so I did.
I figure if I like the portraits someone else will like them too. Maybe that's faulty thinking. Gary always says there's a buyer for every car. Is there a buyer for every piece of art? I do think some of them look better on an easel than on the wall. Maybe they're more appealing displayed as they would be in a home. At a recent event at the gallery one woman made that remark to me about my wall plaques.
Maybe I should stick with animal portraits, everyone seems to love animals. Gee, I'm not feeling chipper right now, what with the pegboard failure. Wondering what to do next? Maybe I'll have to lug that wrought iron lamp with me wherever I go. Ha. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.