I am standing inside the club at 1015 Folsom and am a little confused. A little nervous. And a little more nervous. I am here to set up and participate in SF RAW’s first art showcase of the year. They picked me out of hundreds of other artists….at least that is what I was told. Setup is a weird thing for me. Lots of other artists are here…about 30. They are all jockeying for position…for wall space. I wonder where would be a good spot. I don’t know. I see Ashley Bell, an artist I met a few days ago when we did the preliminary walk thru of the club. I go towards here and start setting up my art next to her’s. We are attaching our paintings to a chain link fence. I guess that is something I have never done before. As I am hanging my paintings the guys on the back side of my portion of the fence are struggling a little bit to get their paintings hung. They don’t have wire, tools, hooks, or even tape. In fact some of their paintings don’t even have wire hangers on the back. I planned on this. I brought my tool kit for hanging paintings freshly stocked for tonight’s show. So I introduce myself to them….it is a father and son. The dad is there supporting his son’s artwork. I offer the full use of anything in the box….”take what you need I have a lot of extras.” I say. “Oh man thank you so much….can I give you like 5 bucks or something. Maybe we can smoke you out or something…?” says the dad. I am not surprised by this….it is kind of a Bay Area response. “Nah, I don’t smoke or anything. I am working on this really cool project I created…..” and I tell them about the project. They love the idea. I am glad. The nervousness wears off for me now. I realize that art shows aren’t about who is better than who…..they really are about how true you are to your own voice. And that should chill me out from here on out.
This little painting is a little bare but I like that quality. This is an oriole. When I paint birds I think a lot about my Grandma Clow who loves birds. When I was growing up I would stay at her house sometimes on the weekends and she had all these little bird statues. I would hold them and she would tell me about each one. Now I paint a lot of birds in my paintings that are for sale. I admit that I am a little obsessed. I had a few birds in this art show….and I have quite a few bird paintings in the project. I love painting them…and trying to understand their feathers and colors. Well….on to tomorrow.