I know you've seen how well the marketing of that expression"life is good" is with tee-shirts, signs, cups and whatnot. I'm feeling that way today, that "life is good".
First I'm not in Massachusetts getting slammed with storm after storm and having roofs collapse; so sorry for those who have had to deal with such issues!
I'm sitting on under a shade gazebo near a pool with views of swaying palms and orange trees. Not too bad, the digs here of the families who live in "sunny" Florida. I really get re-juvenated when I visit.
Winter months are the ones when artists who do outdoor shows flock to this area. "It's a numbers game" afterall, this thing we call "marketing". Masses of people come in droves and crowd the streets of sleepy little towns to spend money on art, food, spirits, lodging and entertainment. The arts festivals are abundant. Every weekend you can find something happening somewhere to entertain those who flock to Florida to escape the cold of the north.
I've been visiting in these warmer parts for years and have been able to take in quite a few shows---research, don't you know! I think if I applied to participate in these shows and got past the jurying process (which I may finally be able to do) I might be interested in showing myself. However, I've yet to figure out how I can "pack all that goes with outdoor shows" in my little car! It seems I pack double the clothes and art supplies I ever need or use. Where would the tent, display units and most important, paintings go? I'm not terribly decisive when it comes to packing. Whatever fits in the car and I "might" use I take because "you never know"!
I do so admire the hearty souls who continue to stimulate the eyes and ears at these festivals. It takes alot of stamina to "do the circuit". Answering the questions from potential patrons about their inspirations,etc; suffering the peculiarities of weather patterns (Feb is still "iff-y" weatherwise in central FL and March has been stiffling some years); and ocassionally dealing with verbal criticisms from ignorant passer byes who fail (and if not in actual words directed to the artist then in whispered tones and facial expressions) to have a clue of creative process unique to each individual showing.
For myself, I wander past these booths and appreciate that each one contains, at least, "interesting and creative work". I don't find myself wondering: "Could I do that?" or "Could I do that better?" but rather, "How or why did they do that?" and "That's clever". Then I begin to wonder; if I applied this technique and gave it a tweak to produce such and such could I incorporate that in my work to produce the (fill in the blank) effect I want? Would I actually have the courage to try such?
Would applying the above to my works make me continue to feel "life is good"? Is it time to take my art to a different level? OR am I still "gathering in"? Today I feel as if I'm in the "gathering in" stage. Maybe, after my relaxing and enjoying and visiting (and driving but I really enjoy this, too) I'll feel so inclined in the studio and maybe not. Meanwhile, "life is good"!