May
12
2010

Making a Statement on eBay by Miles Wickham

 

I posted a piece of art on Ebay at $21 Million "or best offer," as a suggestion by a friend to get more traffic to my page. A couple of days later, after a long hard 13 hour day at work, coming in and out of flu symptoms, I come home at 2am to see someone has made an offer on the piece. I was so excited someone found interest in my art! Of course I did not expect 8 digits, and wasn't even concerned about the price, because I was so thrilled about someones interest!
Offer - $1.00.

As anyone might guess, the typical reaction I had was that of insult, and it totally brought me down. This person was using me to make a statement about  her own opinion, either that my art was no good, or not worth anything, or that she was projecting some inaccurate arrogance on me.

As i went to bed, something clicked in my mind...or maybe my heart.

Who am I to assume I know her intentions, and to react off of my own assumption and projections, just as I assume she has done with me. I do not like the idea that an assumption has been made about me and that it is appropriate to react in a negative way through that. So i shall do unto others as I would like done unto me. why recreate the usual human scenario, fighting fire with fire, you reject me, ill reject you?  its never created any solutions, so why not make a change. Why not do as martial arts teaches me; take what comes, send what goes. So I took her offer, for the sake of my practice of integrity. I assume she did not expect me to accept, and my hope is that she will reevaluate her intentions.

No, I don't want to give my art away, but if there is a chance to show someone there are new choices to make in our everyday relationships, ones that can bring us together, that there's nothing to lose, then by all means I will take it!

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www.MikesWickham.com
May
12
2010

First Plein Air of 2010 by Wilson Bickford

 

It has been "unseasonably" warm here in northern New York the past several days. Temperatures have been in the 60's, which is practically unheard of for March. The forecast says we can plan on this break not lasting and we'll be back to reality next week.

Yesterday was a beautiful day, so I hauled out my travel easel and paints and headed out for something scenic to paint.

Pictured here is the result of my little field trip. This is a spot located just a very few miles down the road from me. With the snow melting and all the run-off, this spot was "percolating." Just rushing water! This is the view from the bridge, which is where I set up shop. It's a secondary road, so traffic is minimal and I managed to squeeze into a safer perch behind a guardrail.

Though most of the "ground snow" is gone now, there is still a lot of snow and ice around the river and nearby banks. This particular view is hemmed in with lots of evergreens and cedars and the sunlight that was bathing them resulted in some vivid greens. It was eye-catching and I couldn't have found a nicer spot to try and capture.

I got most of this down and recorded on the spot and finished the closer bark trees when I returned home. I've been waiting all winter to get out and do some painting, so this was a great opportunity for it. I hope the good weather holds on a little longer.

www.wilsonbickford.com
May
12
2010

Boat People - A Painting by Nobody

 

I was extended an invitation to donate some art for an auction benefiting the survivors of the recent earthquake in Haiti. Of course I was more than happy to contribute my talents, so I didn't hesitate to accept.

The painting I've created especially for the fundraiser is entitled Boat People. I wanted to create an image that could perhaps provoke a discussion about perceptions regarding the so-called less fortunate, inhabitants of small third world countries. The pain and agony of Haiti's suffering now pull at our heart. But it wasn't long ago that many saw them as "boat people," illegal immigrants ferrying to America for a better life in makeshift boats.
Boat People, mine is a portrait of humanity. Boat People, because regardless of the tragedy du jour, we're all in the same Boat, People.

Perhaps this painting will serve as a small reminder after the ruble has been cleared, and normalcy of life resumed, of our human commonality. Perhaps the money raised will make someone sleep more comfortably and contribute to rebuilding needed housing. Perhaps our combined efforts of community will, inspire others to know that each of us in our own way can make a difference.

- TMNK
menobodyknows.com

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