Tuesday, October 19, 2010

To everything... Turn, Turn, Turn

Well I made it 40.  Doesn't feel any different really.  I was asked how it felt to be 40, my reply was I woke up and looked in the mirror and I am still Good Looking so it's going to be alright.  I hadn't really thought about what to post, just thought I would do something.  Art sales seem to be picking back up which is a good sign.  Speaking of good signs, I delivered a sign I did for Kitchen Drawer magazine today.  They will be using it this weekend at Doctoberfest.  If you're in Griffin go by and drink some beer for me in celebration of Griffin's most famous former resident.  I've had a real good couple of weeks making art.  Also did a little work on the business side of it as well.  That's the not so fun part, but it's just as necessary.   I went to Kentuck on Saturday.  It was a lot of fun.  I got to meet alot of my favorite artists and see some that I already know.  I will never forget the conversation I had with Buddy Snipe.  Thanks to Madison Latimer for my birthday turtle.  Got a Freedom Chicken coming your way.  Looking forward to the next year....

Peace, Love, and Freedom Chickens..... SamG

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Junkman Looks at 40......

Went and did the pre-birthday ritual today of getting my license renewed and getting new tag for the old truck.  For the past couple weeks, I have been really dreading this 40th birthday coming up on Saturday.  I don't like birthdays.  I seldom celebrate them.  Birthdays are the time I reflect the past year and see what I've accomplished.  Usually, I'm not real happy about it.  This year is different though.  I've taken big steps and with a little luck, and some great friends (both old and new), I've managed to come out pretty happy about how things have turned out.   Looking back over the last 40 years, there have been some good times and bad times, some people have come into my life and some have left it.  And thanks to Facebook, some have re-entered it.   I am thankful for them all, because each one has played a small part in making me who I have become.  The little girl who used to complain about giving me a pencil every day has became one of my best friends.  I got to thank the best Second Grade teacher who ever lived and tell her how much I appreciate how she believed in me as a child.  I'm painting that memory very soon and plan on hand delivering it to her as well. 

Bring on 40....  I'm ready for it.  I'm already making big plans for next year.  Something that is very difficult for a "day to day" person like myself.  I am excited about the challenge.  Even though I'm growing old, it don't mean i'm getting mature.  I have always told people that i'm immature for my age though.  The last 40 years have been pretty good.  The next 40 years are going to be great!!!  The third 40 years, Lord willing, i'm not expecting a whole lot... but we'll see!!!! 

My goal for the next year came to me a couple weeks ago... "Ain't much happiness left in the world, and I got to do something about it!!!!"


Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Power of Art

This weekend has been a great one.  Had a good time and met some good people on Saturday.  As most of you know, I am a Self-Taught artist.  I learn a little something with each piece that i make.  One of the lessons that I've been learning lately is how powerful art can be.  The past couple of weeks have really opened my eyes a little more on that subject.  Art is an extension of the artist, it can show their personality, their past, their outlook or any other part of them that they choose to express. 

To me though, the power of art is how it can make people feel.  Art has many purposes.  It can make people think.  It can make a political statement.  It can bring back a glimpse of the past.  But what I've seen lately, is art can make people SMILE!!!!  I've had several real good examples of that this weekend.  I will cherish those memories for a long time!!!


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Bluebird Folk Art Village this Saturday

I'm really looking forward to this one.  I'll be there all day doing some "Paintin' in Public."   Like I have said before, "Watching dry is more fun than it sounds."  Patti Robinson, you are awesome.  Next Saturday I will be celebrating my 40th birthday.  I have chosen to do this at Kentuck.  What better way to celebrate getting old than by surrounding yourself with great art and great artists.  Look forward to seeing some of my artist friends there as well.  As far as turning 40 goes, i realized a couple weeks ago that i need glasses, and am starting to wonder if the hearing is going as well. I still got most of what's left of my mind and I look better than ever!!!! LOL 

I have a dream, and it's almost to the point where i can touch it...is it just out of reach or am I scared to reach a little farther....