Choose the World You See, and See the World You Choose.

Quote in the title:

Source: www.DanceLightly.com
Paper and digital collage by HMBT copyright2005-2009
Paper and digital collage by HMBT copyright2005-2009

Good day to you.

Let’s start with some quotes that are shaping my inner and exterior viewpoint from where I am in this world:

 

Our perceptions of truth are built around what is practical, not what is true. Even the smartest human brain doesn’t have the capacity for discerning true facts. That’s why so many of us settle for scientific facts. It’s the best we can do.

~Scott Raymond Adams (1957 – )

Fax me a fact and I’ll telegram a hologram
or telephone the son of man and tell him he
is done. Leave a message on his answering
machine telling him there are none. God and
I are one. Times moon. Times star. Times sun.
The factor is me. You remember me.

 Saul Williams Source: The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop, Page: 65

A warrior must learn to make every act count, since he is going to be here in this world for only a short while, in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it.

 Carlos Castaneda (1931 – ) Source: Journey To Ixtlan

OK, that’s it for other peoples words…on with my own.

So, I don’t have any new finished work to share at this moment. I’ve been really busy with family stuff and I hung a small new show yesterday, right here in Lexington. Whoo-Hoo for me!

I have three of my largest works at the Three Suns Bistro in Nicholasville KY. It’s more than a bistro, so don’t let the name fool you. They have a really nice large restaurant area, where you can get some really high end and wonderful food, I’ve eaten there a few times and I’ve always been super pleased with the food and service. They also have live music and a little bar that is pretty groovy too. They have huge wall space and I never get the chance to show my mega huge canvases, so it was a match made in heaven. I dropped off my card to the manager one day a few months back, after I had eaten a succulent bowl of fresh pasta. A few weeks ago the owner called saying she had taken a look at my web site and would love to have me hang some work. The owners are a great bunch, they pretty much gave me free reign on what I wanted to show and lots of wall space in all parts of the restaurant and bar. So, I took advantage of the large space and hung my three largest canvases still in the studio.

On a side note, I knew that I had had a great sales year this year, but in getting this small scale show together I noticed that I have a much, much smaller inventory…it rocks. I am always surprised at how much I don’t take in…as far as facts of life go..like I knew intellectually that I had moved a lot of art this year, but until I was going through the inventory room, and putting together a sampling in all the sizes I paint in, did I realise that I don’t have much left. Shock and awe… Yippeee on me!

OK, back to the Bistro…I hung 3 large works, 2 medium sized works, and 3 small sizes (18″ x 24″ is as small as I usually ever go, I like large formats). It looks great. They have wonderful warm colored walls, great lighting and lots of space. It looked great, and I hope to continue my goals this upcoming year, of showing more locally than just nationally and internationally. I’ve got two local places now that have given me a shot at being seen in my new hometown. This is not as easy to do as it was on the west coast. I don’t paint horses or landscapes (often) and the taste and style of the arts in KY are much different from what I normally express at any given time. Being that the fact is that I am a southern woman, all my work is based on my love of God and country, formed by being raised in the traditional south. All my vibrations, lessons, and observations are formed first, in my southern mind and then expressed with a flair for the travels and experiences I have had in this life. I am sure that I will find and communicate with my southern brethren in all due time. I never give up.

Many people have asked me, “well, can you paint horses and landscapes?” Yes, yes I can. I just have the anti-authority gene, I can’t do what others want me to do. I am compulsively geared to do the opposite of what conventional wisdom is currently. I am always going against the grain of this reality. It’s my J-O-B. Yes, I was a fun child to raise…sarcasm inserted here.

So…when I got the call from the owners of the Bistro, I was thrilled. A new place to be seen in my local area. Kentucky has been a culture shock for me in some important ways. I am a true southern woman, born and grown in Southern Florida, in a very, very small town. I thought coming back to a southern lifestyle would be easy. It has been in many ways, I have enjoyed living around familiar aspects of my childhood. One of the things I was unprepared for was the southern style of thinking it has not changed all that much from 30 years ago. I forgot how it is to live in a Red State, I’ve lived to many places in this country, traveled a lot and met so many types of human beings that I have changed my thinking and seeing of this world. It’s hard to be the large vast person I feel I am on the inside in a place that does not share that value system with me. My kids are liberal and open minded. That’s not going over too well in school for them. I am liberal and open, so no new friends for me here either…yet. I have been here for three years and not sold one work of art in my home state. I have sold more work worldwide than ever before, since we moved here, but nothing in a local way. It’s so very strange to be a real live southern artist of some note, and have absolutely no resonance with the people I live with. So, finding people that do get my style, my language, my joy in learning about the world through my artwork is a goal I have been working on for 6 months solid now. I have found two places that have liked my work enough to show it to their patrons too. That is success in my book. I will build on this and continue to find people and places that understand my mission, or at least want to try and understand my mission. I will conquer this being invisible in my own community…I am still making plans and trying out ideas to make that happen, but never fear…I will do it in time. I am an undeniable force when I want to be.  So…watch out Kentucky and surrounding southern states…Kentucky being the only state I have not sold work in, so far…if I can find a KY patron that will mean I have at least one work of art in every single state in the USA…I am not going anywhere soon, I can make it happen,I am here to stay. Bwhahahahaha!

Have a freaking terrific week all, and come back soon…I love hearing from you all.

Heather

http://www.badkittyartstudio.com

Shop Local, Save The World

5 Comments

  1. jafabrit
    December 17, 2008

    oh you bad jafa you lol! You show em”. I think all those sales is fabu but it will be good for your work to show in your area. All the best with it.
    happy holidays and all the best for the new year

    ps. wow, I didn’t realize your sketchbook was so small at the time. Now I am amazed. Your sketchbook was wonderful.

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  2. badkittyartstudio
    December 17, 2008

    Thanks Miss Jafa! You made my day. I know…those skecthbooks are TINY! I worried over mine for weeks…I have never worked so small before and it about drove me crazy I tell you. Thanks for the kind words about mine, but I love yours so much more! 🙂 All the best to you and yours, and of course my love to you.

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  3. Kalliope
    December 18, 2008

    Cheers on all of the sales and congrats on your new exhibition space! 🙂

    I love the quotes here. I especially love the Saul Williams bit you chose. That particular verse seems to get stuck in my head at least once a week!

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  4. What wonderful work is being done here. Very thoughtful and with lots of thought provoking items. I am a contemporary artist myself and always enjoy seeing the art of fellow artists and join discussions about art. I just recently have started my own site and hope that over time it will grow into an online art community where artists and art enthusiasts alike can meet and discuss their thoughts on art. Will recommend your blog to my friends. Will come back for more and wish you all the best.

    P.s. Wish you all the best for your future work.

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