Art is a tough mistress

While I enjoyed this past weekend’s art show, it definitely reaffirmed my belief that art is a tough mistress. People stop, visit and tell you they like – sometimes even love your work – but they don’t always buy. Here in Oregon the economy is still rough and money is tight – not to be spent on non-essential items. And, it was obvious this weekend that money wasn’t being spent.

Personally, though, I count the Shady Cove Art Walk a success. Not only did I get positive feedback, but I also sold a recent piece, “Ambush at Buffalo Gap”, along with prints of “Santa’s Last Stop”. Finally, my work “Where is He?” (not yet shown on the blog) was featured on the brochure. I can’t ask for better publicity than that.

I love creating art, experimenting with new techniques, refining my skills and telling a story through images. Art and history are my passion and I’m grateful that I now have the time, energy and yes, money to pursue those dreams. Artists are often their own toughest critics, and I am no exception, especially when I compare myself to others, as there are so many truly talented and creative people. And yet, as I look over the collection of my work, I’m happy – my skill is developing, stories are being told, and I’m starting to believe that yes, I am an artist.

I’m looking forward to my next show in November.

Trapper Gale’s Wild West Show

I’m excited to take part in a new (to me) show, and I’ve got some fresh artwork to share. If you’re in the area and looking for a fun way to spend your day, stop by. I’d love to meet you.

9th Annual Shady Cove River Art Walk
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 & 14.

The annual art walk, is located along the banks of the scenic Rogue River at Edgewater Inn, Hwy
62 & Rogue River Drive (next to the Shady Cove Bridge).
Open daily, free to the public, from 10 am to 5 pm.

The two-day event will include art by nationally acclaimed artists, music and a variety of catered foods.

Curiosity, The Buffalo Mixed Media Gale F. Trapp, 2013

Curiosity, The Buffalo
Mixed Media
Gale F. Trapp, 2013