Notes From My Office
I took today off. I am exhausted from packing, moving and unpacking. I am anxious to get back to a normal routine.
Yesterday and today I have had the misfortune of attracting a nut to my artist in residence blog. This person was too cowardly to leave their name with the comments. I wish no one Ill will but honestly, I did not ask for advice or welcome the rude comments left that I am fat and need exercise and that I have no excuse for riding in a golf cart to paint. Why would anyone care how I get around on a farm? It is so bizarre when people single you out for verbal abuse on your own blog.
I must say that I don't need that sort of stress a after such a difficult few weeks. These sorts are really scary to me.
Posted by Linda Blondheim at 7:25 PM
Notes From My Art Studio
The loft studio has changed to art studio with no loft. We were officially open today for the first time. I had quite a few visitors, curious to see the new Paddiwhack Gallery/Blondheim studio. I no longer have a separate space from the gallery but I am on the same floor and this tiny corner is mine. You can see that there is a small room into my storage space and I have turned that into a painting studio so I have the front corner to greet and visit with collectors and friends and the back room to store art materials, tools, my tiny fridge and easel for painting time. That side of the gallery features living room vignettes with lamps and my paintings, so I am integrated into the furniture store. That is not a bad thing as the paintings look lovely on the walls in the furniture setting. I must admit that I miss my own larger private studio space but considering, it will work out for me in the end. There are no ideals for artists. I learned that long ago. The shopping center is busy and there is a wide covered sidewalk in front, so when I get back from the Wekiva Paint Out, I will be able to go out and paint on the sidewalk as I used to do at the other location on Saturday mornings. There is a Starbucks anchor in this plaza which is always packed with yuppies. Paddiwhack is a fun,beautiful store and my friends work there.
In some ways it is quite hard to leave my other studio because I was left alone to do as I pleased with arrangements and it was cozy and quiet. I could show all of my paintings together and have large parties if I wished. I even taught there for a couple of years. That is no longer possible. I will also miss all of the food venues at the other store. I never had to pack a lunch. There were restaurants everywhere in that neighborhood. Now I must get in my car if I want to buy lunch. I'll be brown bagging a lot here.
I have been moving furniture, packing boxes and unloading for about two weeks and I think I will feel much better when all of that is past. Moving a studio is the pits! Moving with a 7,000 square ft store to a 4,000 sq ft space is a nightmare, I kid you not. We are all exhausted and not done yet. My sincere thanks to Rick Knellinger for the use of his big car and to Mark and Anna Larson for their willingness to lend a hand to move me, and to Valerie, Carolyn and Chuck at Paddiwhack for taking me along on the next journey.
The good part is that no one has to climb stairs and that was a big problem. Lofts are not good for retail sales. I learned that in the three years I was there. It is much better to be integrated into the main selling space as I am now.
Posted by Linda Blondheim at 10:50 PM
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Posted by Linda Blondheim at 6:54 PM
Notes From My Office
I'm hanging around the painting studio for a couple of days, waiting for the move. I did 13 paintings at Fair Oaks last week and will need to produce about the same at the Wekiva Paint Out, so I'm just goofing off for a day or two to rest up. I think the down time is important and restorative. This has been a high stress year so far and I'm hoping life will settle back into routine soon.
I need to replace the studio parties with a different way of promoting the studio. The parking situation at the new space makes it impractical to have crowds of people. I am thinking of making Blondheim Studio Bucks in varying amounts to incourage visitors and sales. New space, new marketing required.
Posted by Linda Blondheim at 10:14 AM
Notes From My Painting Studio
I'm taking a couple of days off from the moving chaos to work in my quiet calm painting studio. I decided some months ago that it would be fun to do a series on the baked goods I make. Most of you may know that I bake bread every week and cakes for occasions, aside from my painting. It is not that I get rich from baking but I find it to be a stress reliever and fun activity. I don't know how long I will paint baked goods or even if there is any interest in them, but I like painting them so I will. I never worry about chasing a market. If you do fun and good work, they find you.
I ordered new business cards, and post cards to mail out with the moving info. When they arrive I will send them out. I will be away through March 2-9 so I won't be able to do much until then. I am putting away stuff I brought from my in town studio to the painting studio, trying to make the move easier. On Saturday I will get a key and get started with a few paintings. My friend Mark will move the big stuff on Monday at 6 PM.
I'll soon be hoping for a new commission. My collector picked his up today.
Posted by Linda Blondheim at 2:25 PM