I've been busy getting back on track again after my 3 month PopUp Studio Gallery experience. Wow! That was an opportunity I didn't see coming!
"There's definitely a case here for just saying "yes" to your most spontaneous ideas ... don't think ... just do it!"
It's not everyday you get to see your work hanging together in one place, at one time, and for me it was quite exhilarating. It gave me a whole new appreciation of, and direction for, my work.
I'm still not entirely sure I am destined to run a shop per se [grin] but it was great fun and I did manage to get quite a few paintings done in between pop-ins and visitors to the space.
I adored how the housekeeping and maintenance staff at the resort would pop their head in each morning and comment on what's new!
I think what I enjoyed most though was the chance to set up a whimsical space simply to create in and show off my work.
I loved creating the vibe ... through light... space ... sound and (oddly enough) smell. I used coffee beans to infuse the air with that irresistible aroma and sheer white curtains to diffuse the light.
The music, I chose from an earlier, more gracious era (mostly the jazz piano of Vince Guaraldi). It was astonishing how frequently he transported me back [grin] and how, as a consequence, the piano tinkled its way into the Castaways Series (women in vintage spots and stripes) ... UP NEXT !!
PS... on the last day, I wrote in my journal “as I close these beautiful doors for the last time, I shall take with me the good things I have created here. The art… the music … the laughter … the long conversations about art and life and how light the space feels and how joyful. It’s been what I wanted it to be … a sanctuary ..a showcase… an experience. A learning curve I can take with me wherever I go. For those who might ask “why so short?” I say “it was a PopUp … a transient space of short duration during which much was accomplished” It doesn’t get better than that!