If this were a normal year, we would be cleaning the studio today, and converting it into a pop-up gallery for the First Friday Art Walk that would be happening tomorrow. Sadly, with the C-19 threat, we haven’t had anyone inside the studio except for a few individuals who stopped by to pick up paintings. On a couple occasions, I have taught drawing lessons, and everyone wore masks and sat 6 ft apart. Little to say, I don’t believe the pandemic will be over by First Friday in December, which is when we host the super fun holiday studio party. I usually brew a couple batches of home-brew for the event, but this year I can forego brewing.
During the summer this was just fine. We were in McCarthy, and we don’t normally have open studio parties, because on Friday nights most Alaskans are out of town, recreating in our beautiful wilderness, or busy with sporting events. Now that Winter is breathing down Fall’s neck, we’re starting to really miss the open studio events. October First Friday is one of my favorite times to regroup with my Anchorage friends and collectors. The studio is very useful — we are here every day working on paintings, mailing online orders, but it’s starting to get a bit lonely, especially when I look at my unused Art Show sign. Dragging the big hulking beast of a sign out to the front of the building is a chore I always associate with the party itself. The uncertainty of how much art I might sell, or who might stop by is always present when I am dragging it out. Now on one of these Friday nights I don’t have any plans. I guess I will read a book, or work late making paintings.
I miss you all, and look forward to when this pandemic is over, so we can all get back together for a “cup of coffee” at the studio. I love offering a cookie, and maybe some of those little carrots, as well as having a chance to show off my newest work to you in person. I stand by my tagline, “Real Art is Better,” and even though I have been selling more art online than normal, I really like seeing peoples’ reactions to the original paintings. Currently I have several paintings hanging at reHARU Sushi, and I encourage you to go there not only to see my art, but also to eat the delicious Japanese food! Also, if you see a painting on my website that you really like, you can always arrange a studio visit.
So I raise my glass, and toast, “Here’s to staying healthy and hunkering down so we can get through this pandemic soon!” Stay safe out there, people, and I look forward to seeing you when I can!