Monday, November 23, 2009

Holiday Open House

wildlife painting by Lori Levin
acrylic on panel
Holiday Open House
December 5th & 6th
Saturday & Sunday 10-4
New originals with select prints and cards for sale.
Light refreshments will be served.

The holidays are right around the corner. Every week will be another reason to cook or bake treats. My holiday open house will be no exception. Though I spend most my time in the studio, this year I think I will push myself to make time for baking because I really do enjoy it.

Often I wonder about my priorities. I'm very driven by the desire to paint and to grow in my art. This weekend I saw the movie "Amelia" and my mind has been racing ever since. Amelia Earhart was in love with her dream to fly around the world. This passion was the reason for her every action. To be in the history books I do believe you need to be consumed by your vision to exclusion of all else. This can be seen by some as a very selfish way to live. However, others understand and find the commitment worthy of awe. Honestly, I'm not sure how I feel.

Sometimes I'm satisfied with a piece as I paint it only later to see its flaws. Other times I work on something and dislike it from the onset and only after I walk away do I appreciate its value. Never do I feel it to be perfect. Always I plan to do better the next time. Obviously I am a perfectionist. It can be a painful way to live if not kept under control but at the same time I don't see myself as having strong ambitions like Amelia.

Of all the things that I do artist is first on my descriptor list. Still, I have other interests and callings that keep me from being consumed by what I do in the studio. Sometimes I feel I'm not dedicated enough and other times I wonder if I need more balance in my life.

The holidays can be a time of stress or joy. It all depends on your priorities and how you handle them. Do you run around and get everything done at the expense of losing the joy of the season or do you take it slow and enjoy the little things like baking some cookies when you have a list of "shoulds"? I think the answer lies in the painting above.

The day I photographed that deer I was busily getting ready for an appointment when I noticed the snow coming down. I wanted to take pictures of the beginning of a snowfall and dropped what I was doing and ran out the door with my camera. Only a half of a mile down the road I saw the deer in my friend's yard. The scene was solemn and still. How sad if I would have missed it. Appointments are important but moments like that are priceless.

So, drop what you are doing on the 5th and 6th and stop by for a little holiday cheer. The studio will be warm and inviting with a lot of beautiful work and tasty treats. Alex Alampi's studio will be open too! He's only one mile away so you can enjoy an afternoon of art and good company without driving too much. Don't worry, that dirty floor of yours you need to clean will still be there waiting for you when you get back.

1 comment:

Cape Coop said...

Oh, Lori, I so completely understand and identify with the thoughts that you are sharing here. I am so glad that we've connected. La Principessa and I will see you at the studio tomorrow, and I am bringing one of my double layer upside down anana banana apple cakes- we would have come today but yesterday I overdid things and I can't get out today.