Welcome to the Cooper studio, Jefferson, Iowa, where we are recently home from Krasl Art Fair in St Joseph, Michigan. A lovely event, to be sure.
Something happened there that made me remember this quote that I had put away for safe keeping:
"I paint life as I would like it to be." (Norman Rockwell)
I have a similar line posted at the top of my pro-panels: "painting people enjoying life".
All of the above mentally came into play, along with a blog article, written by Jack White not so long ago. That article included the idea that if we ask visitors of our art exhibits, any questions that can be answered with a yes or no, then we are losers, or something like that. You may use just about any definition of loser you want to there, I think they all work in this case.
Anyway, a woman walked into my booth at Krasl art fair. Remembering Jack's wise words, I asked her what I could tell her about the paintings. Never ask, "is there anything I can tell you about the paintings", right?? Because that would make a yes or no answer suitable, and the conversation would end there, not helping anyone.
Anyway, this woman told me she did not want to talk about the paintings. (hey,it wasn't a yes or no answer) The next day, she called to make sure she hadn't offended me with her curt answer, but she had been busy listening to the paintings talk to her. Hunh! Now that's an excuse I can appreciate!
But, I wondered: if I had been selling reproductions, would she have been equally captivated?
Thus end-eth the thought for the day.
Happy painting to you!