Diane Stavola Blog

Paperwork

I think the reason that I am an artist is color.  I love color. All color. My favorite color is red. But then sometimes it is blue or yellow or green or…. I just love color.

I remember falling in love with color in the second grade. We were given a worksheet with different shapes on it. We had to color the shapes in such a way as to demonstrate an analogous gradation. I chose yellow through orange to red.

I can see that sheet as though it were yesterday. Little did I know how much paperwork would be involved in being an artist.

Until very recently, I had an image of myself holed up in my studio happily sketching, painting, stitching, glueing, burning, cutting and twisting my chosen media into gorgeous pieces of art.

I had no illusions that anyone would even like what I do.  I am often still surprised that anyone does like it, and some people even like it enough to buy some of it. Now that is a daily source of amazement to me.

Some of what I do is lovely; some of it is weird; some of it is just blah! All of it is satisfying at some level. Satisfying to me, in such a way that I actually feel a sense of completeness when I have managed to scrape together a few hours to actually create something or work on designing something.

My illusions have been shattered now that I have pursued my love of color to its logical expression. What is the point of any artistic endeavor if no one but the artist sees it? Art is supposed to be shared. It is supposed to enhance life. It is a method of communication.

In the effort to share my work I have found that there is an incredible amount of paperwork. And I include time working on my website and this blog in paperwork.

Entering exhibits, trying to jury into exhibits, keeping track of inventory, purchasing supplies, writing classes, writing proposals, keeping my blog and upkeeping my website. It all takes a crazy amount of time, but it is a necessary part of the process.

Well, enough griping! I have a website to update, more blog to write, and maybe I will even get to stitch some today.

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