Maryland Pastel Society newsletter


Winter, 2008-2009

Winter 2008-2009

A Coastal Village in Winter

We are currently in an economic downturn that is tough on many people and certainly artists.  We depend on people having disposable income to buy our work so that we can continue to produce and frame our work.  But we know that sales are going to be low for the foreseeable future.  What can we do to take advantage of the situation--as opposed to becoming car mechanics or dental assistants?

One thing is to use this time to experiment.  Forget about sales and trying to please your customers.  Do something you never do—new subject matter, new formats or supports, whatever excites you!  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.  Being bold and challenging yourself will pay off when you return to your regular work and you may find that you've taken a step forward.

Secondly, find ways to economize. Aside from the cost of our materials, framing is our major expense.  To help you, the board is planning to devote the entire April meeting to framing pastels.  We will hear from a professional framer, as well as from members who do their own framing.  We'll look at framing for a juried show and framing for your own solo show.  Hopefully, this will help us all in cutting costs.

But the most important thing is to keep being inspired and to keep working.  Our January featured artist, Daniel Wise, is sure to help with this!  Daniel is a new member but one of the most talented pastel artists I've seen.  I know that you will all enjoy his presentation and words of wisdom.  

Meanwhile, I am very encouraged by the direction the country is taking.  Yes, I'm a Democrat, and I love Obama!  But even Republicans seem to be singing his praises.  So I have hope for the future and a return to better times for us all.  Let's hope that 2009 will bring good things for all Americans.  
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Cranberry Bog in Winter

Best wishes,