Do you want to make art that is significant?. How do you do that in the middle of the chaos of family and other commitments?
Welcome to the second episode of my series, Creating Art Around Life, where I discuss the challenge of creating art meaningfully around living a meaningful but often chaotic life.
What a grand show on display at Todd’s Auction House at the Rialto building on Don Street in Invercargill in Southland, New Zealand!
Bill Todd and company had all sorts of second hand goods from deceased estates on the auction block ready to sell to an enthusiastic crowd of bidders and onlookers. I was there to gather inspiration for a painting I would soon embark upon called “All The World’s A Stage”.
Before the theatrics of the show began, I browsed through the collection of goods on offer. One in particular caught my attention. It was a local landscape by an artist unknown to me. Soon I found several other paintings by the same woman. It seemed the works were a part of her estate. They would be soon on the block. I gasped silently! Would my own family consider my works worthy of hanging on to? I revisited the Rialto a few weeks later. The paintings were still there.
That encounter prompted a life-changing decision: I would endeavour to create work that my family, and hopefully others, would consider worthy of holding onto after my dash on Earth is done.
This was certainly a lofty goal in the harsh light of the reality of raising and blending two families…of creating art around life in 2005. Check out my last video of Creating Life Around Art.
I wanted my determination to be evident in my 2006 solo show, Noble People Treasured Land, at Anderson Park, which celebrated 150 years of Southland. Have a look at that exhibition by clicking the link.
I was still thinking transcendence when I approached Bob Martin at his art gallery in Gore. I wanted to paint a series for his gallery using Hubble images I had discovered as inspiration. He gave me an enthusiastic go ahead.
So, how did I manage to create a show midst the hectic life we had raising three teenagers and caring for two university students?