Night time River Cruise, Saranac River 6x12

Night time River Cruise, Saranac River 6x12
Night Time River Cruise, Saranac River 6x12View at Strand Center for the Arts Plattsburgh, NY

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The End Game

Andrea and her sweetie
Tomorrow is December 1. Only two more weeks to finish the capture of Saranac Lake faces.The easel gets packed up for the last time December 12, then Judi will attack the corner with the vacuum and begin to pull the art dust out of the corners of Compass Printing.

I am still not sure exactly how many faces will be included. I do know that as many as there are, it is a lot of individual prints that I am coming up with. Pick up of portrait prints can begin on my open studio weekend December 13 and 14, at my studio in Gabriels.

The other end game is:
I am retiring from Adirondack Artists' Guild as of the first of the year. I have been with the gallery for twelve and half years. The Guilders are my extended family. I will miss the process of working with others, leaning on friends when in need. The coop is a fine structure for learning about human nature. The framing of Face to Face and other commitments will make being a coop member too stretched for me. I will be focusing on my studio work, fundraising and framing for Face to Face. I will still be showing off my work on my studio/gallery wall so do check it out.

Not very different is the departure from Compass Printings front corner where I have been learning about Saranac Lake, people, new and old friends and my self. Being allowed to capture Saranac Lake faces has made me a better artist. That sounds mushy but it is true and for that I am am grateful to everyone. Where else but Saranac Lake could I have pulled off asking about 180 people to sit down for a couple of hours while I made every effort to find and show the person sitting in front of me? What a privilege.
Chris - Yes I did get him to sit!

It still scares me every time I sit down and look at a person. It is not like the landscape painter who says "I can move mountains." Noses belong in a certain place as do eyes, smiles, ears and foreheads. Not everyone is ready to sit, for the process is just as unnerving for the sitter. Eye to eye! When was the last time anyone asked you to do that? It has been a big deal for all concerned.

For volunteering, for sitting still, kinda sorta, and participating in the process, I can not say thank you enough to all of those who sat. Thank you.

See you in Saranac Lake! and Gabriels.

Onward,  Diane