Monday, May 18, 2009

Fake it 'til you make it

Phew, it's been a busy spring for exhibitions! Between January and two weeks ago, I was in a three-person show at a college, plus three 10- (or so) person group shows.

That's an accomplishment professionally. However, being the Type A person that I am (career-wise, anyway), I can't help looking forward and thinking, "What's next?"

I have a two-person show coming up next spring, but that doesn't have definite dates scheduled yet, so it still seems a bit unreal.

So, since I have become used to painting with an upcoming show in mind, as a kind of inspiration, I've decided to pretend I have a solo show at a large exhibition space coming up, and paint with that in mind. That way, I will feel that excited anticipation that comes from knowing a large number of people will be seeing your work and connecting to it, and enjoy that challenge of needing to say something honest and worthwhile.

And who knows, maybe it will be like "I Whistle A Happy Tune" in "The King and I"; if you make believe you're brave, you may be as brave as you make believe you are! Translation: if I make believe I have a solo show, I will have a solo show! (And if not, I'll have a body of work ready for when I eventually do.)


Martha Marshall said...

Absolutely a great philosophy! It works, too.

Catherine Carter said...

We'll see how it goes, Martha! At least it's a good excuse to paint more!

Todd Camplin said...

I agree with Martha, you just have to have that drive to make, but also show the work.

Catherine Carter said...

Todd, right on!