Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Motivation

There's nothing like the stress of a deadline to kick an artist's creative ass into gear. I know very few artistic individuals that do not have at least a healthy dose of procrastination to their personality. In fact I'm sitting here trying to count exactly how many I can think of....let me get back to you on that.

A week from tomorrow I'll leave for the largest art festival of the year. It's located about 15 miles northwest of Charleston, South Carolina in the small town of Summerville. Now in it's 35th year, the festival is still produced and promoted by the local YMCA chapter. Originally the idea was to gather the local crafters and businesses together to raise money for construction of some tennis courts and if they had a little money left over then they could perhaps buy a few more basketball nets or at least something like that.

It's called Flowertown Festival named for the area of the town in which it is located. Think of Central Park in New York but slightly smaller (as in bigger than a bread box). If Azalea Park measures five acres I'd be surprised. Of course there are plenty of food vendors that line the adjacent side streets and plenty of entertainment near those very nice tennis courts right in the middle of the park.

So why do I describe in so much detail the elements and setting of this little community gathering? Depending on weather (which is usually quite nice) estimates of attendance this year range between 225,000 and 250,000 for this annual show. Three days. Approximately 5 acres. A quarter of a million potential buyers.

It is not unheard of for some vendors to sell out the first day. Last year for instance my friend Madelaine who grows beautiful orchids (from seed) sold out of plants (300+) the first day. Her husband brought 40 more plants to her for Saturday. By early afternoon she had sold all but three so she spent the rest of the festival catching up on her reading.

I counted a little earlier today. There are exactly one dozen unfinished paintings waiting for me in the studio and a goal of about 4 - 6 more smaller pieces I'd like to take with me next week. So why and I sitting here blogging? Motivation! In fact I feel a little "movement" coming on right now. So if you'll excuse me I'm going to catch up on a little reading of my own. And by the way, I'm still trying to count those non-procrastinating artists.

13 comments:

Kyla said...

Get those paintings done! :)

Redneck Mommy said...

How bout this for some motivation:

Get off your ass dude and get to work.

Sheesh, you'd think with all that time you have on your hands watching Oprah and eating bonbons, you'd have this gig wrapped and ready to roll!

Wink, wink.

The Curmudgeon said...

Samuel Johnson: "Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully."

If necessity is the mother of invention, impending deadlines are the mother of inspiration.

Or something like that.

moosh in indy. said...

No pressure, but, GET TO WORK LAZY ASS.
Did that work? Let me know.

Bennie said...

Geez, you're all starting to sound like Joan.

Anonymous said...

Hey Bennie, but you can paint them in the car on the way down and in the camper all night.........who says we procratinate!!!! You at least leave on Thursday I leave on Wednesday.............

christy

BlogWhore said...

yikes, get to work. turn off that t.v., put down that sandwhich, pick up you dirty underwear...

oh, i meant that for joe.

Mommy off the Record said...

New to your site. I love your and your son's artwork. It's so beautiful. I will be checking back to see what you have for sale next!

By the way, have you heard of the Cool Mom Picks Website? Do you mind if I recommend you to be featured?

bennie said...

Christy - have you joined the Mile High Club yet?

Jen - I was tickled to read about your "art work" you left for Joe.

mommy otr - Welcome! I'm not familiar with that website but we'd be flattered!

kimmyk said...

Busy busy busy!

That's a good thing right?

Show me the $$

Twisted Cinderella said...

The festival sounds like fun though. I love those sorts of things!

Wendy said...

Hi there! Parenting Toddlers sent me your way through their blogroll. I thought I would drop by and check your site out.

You have such an inspirational story with your son! I have added you to my favorites so I can read more in depth. Good luck with you are art show!

bennie said...

Again, welcome Wendy & Cinderella! Please stick around and enjoy yourselves here.