I saw where in my last post that I'd promise to update this more regularly. That was back in September. I have my last scheduled show of the year coming up this Saturday at the Piedmont Folk Art Show in Lancaster, SC. There is a chance I may do another the following weekend. Check the website for details if I do.
I've been working hard making art and handling the business side of things. Sometimes I wish I had someone else to do the latter part. I love making art and going out and doing shows and meeting people, but most of the other I dont care for that much. Art has become my career choice, but I do it for the fun of it. I've always said if it ever becomes work, I'll quit.
I'm still having fun though, tons of it. I hear a lot of people talk about professionalism, marketing strategies, and all the blah blah business words in relation to their art as a business. I hope that I never get that way. I just plan on being myself, doing things the way I want to, being good to people and having fun. I've said before if somebody was looking for professionalism, they wouldn't be looking at my art anyway.
As I wind down my first full year of being a full-time artist, I can say that I'm very pleased with the results. I've made a lot of new friends, sold a good bit of art, there are a whole lot more people out there who know who SamG is. People ask me why I do art. I'll tell you. I want to leave a legacy. I want to know that when my time has come to leave this world, that I've made as much of an impact on it as I can. I'm sitting here looking at a painting that's in my collection. It's nothing fancy, but it is one that I really like. It's of an early aircraft carrier and is signed and dated 1933. All I can find out about the artist is the information on her tombstone. I don't want my life summed up on a piece of granite. I jokingly tell people, I don't care much about the fortune, but I do want the fame.
Hope you all have a Merry Christmas.