What’s Happening ?

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MARCH 2018

Artist’s Life

Work in Progress

Collage

Art Business

I thought this might be a good time to post an update about what’s happening in the studio. Though I have spent a lot of time on the computer lately, I also have some artwork in various stages of development. Most of them are coming along more slowly than I would like, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. If I try to force it, what usually results is a mess. And that’s also what my studio looks like right now – a mess. But it’s the kind of mess that’s unavoidable when multiple pieces are in progress.

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”
~ PABLO PICASSO
At top right is a shot of my computer desk; on the screen is the back end of my website. On the desk is my very necessary cup of coffee! At top left is a shot of the unfinished work that’s been in my studio the longest. I promised this painting to a dear friend, and have just been totally stalled. It’s not the kind of work I usually do, and I have drawn and erased three different compositions on this canvas. I suppose I let my perfectionist tendencies and my fear get the best of me, and I feel terrible about it. The photo at bottom left shows the photo I’m working from, one I took of some cherry blossoms at SpringGrove Cemetary and Arboretum.
My to-do list sits right next to the computer desk, on top of my press. Believe it or not, at first it was nice and neat, but then things were crossed off, and other things added… It’s time to write a new one, leaving off the tasks that were completed, and adding even more to the list. No matter how hard I work, it only seems to grow…
A sneak peek at the collages, in various states of done-ness, laying on my drafting table.
This collage has been around for a long time. I thought it was finished, but I was never satisfied with it. I kept making changes, but finally decided it just had TOO MUCH going on. So, I cut it into four pieces. Perhaps one or another will turn up later in a different piece…
This is part of a small collage that looks OK so far. But it’s at that ‘now what?’ stage. ‘OK’ isn’t good enough, so I’m putting it aside until it tells me what it needs. Sometimes I need to adjust my thinking by looking at other materials than what I’ve been recently using; I get stuck in a mental ‘box’ and can’t see my way out. Sooner or later, you’ll probably see this again.
 Here is a detail of one that’s either finished, or very close to it. It started as a combination of pages from a discarded accordion book I had made. There were parts I wanted to keep, but the book as a whole wasn’t working. You’ll probably be seeing the final version in it’s entirety on my next blog post.
So, that sums up what’s happening in my studio right now, artwork-wise. In other news, some of you probably know that I adopted a border collie mix puppy in October. She’s quite a little firecracker, and does take time away from working in the studio, which is actually a good thing. She keeps me from sitting on my butt too much, and from becoming fixated on work. She wants to help, but frankly, her real talent leans much more toward destruction.
“Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up & get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part & a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.”
~ CHUCK CLOSE
Print Give-Away: The Separation of Heron and Crow
As a thank you to my readers, I’m giving away a 12 x 9 inch print of one of my favorite pieces, The Separation of Heron and Crow. This comes from my print-on-demand gallery at ArtPal, where prints in a wide variety of sizes may be ordered, with many framing and surface options available.

All you have to do to register is to leave a comment on this post or sign up for my email list below. On March 20, the first day of Spring, I’ll draw a name at random, and send the print to the winner!

Thank you all so much; you have no idea how greatly you’re appreciated!

32 Comments

  1. France

    I have subscribed to this blog because I am very interested fo follow what is happening in an artist’s mind and the always surprising result !

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Thank you so much for following me! I’m happy to know I surprise you; I think that if doesn’t surprise in some way, it is boring! Welcome!

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  2. Mo Crow

    (((Sharmon))) thanks for this look into your studio!

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Mo, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I love seeing other artists studios, and learning about their processes. Maybe I’m an art studio voyeur – lol! Thanks for visiting! xox

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  3. Terry Garrett

    Thank you for this post Sharman. Your posts are always honest and from your heart- and your art is always beautiful to look at no matter what stage it is in! Throwing my hat in the ring for that beautiful print.

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Hi Terry! Thanks so much for the kind words. I do try to always be honest, but sometimes I wonder if I’m being too honest. Am I boring people, or offending them? Is it just TMI? That’s my anxiety talking, but really, honest is the only way I know how to be. xox

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  4. Ann Gaidos-Morgan

    Gorgeous print! Kind of like a yin yang.

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Thank you, Ann! Yes, you got it – yin-yang is the right idea. This piece was originally done as an illustration about opposites and how one can’t exist without the other.

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  5. Michael Bailey

    Glad to see I’m not the only one who has things lying around from even perhaps years ago in various stages of unfinishedness. I did a cut up once of a watercolor that was failing also, wound up starting anew and finished & sold it, and the first version got cut up even more into bookmarks later on. Good to see you’re keeping busy as usual and producing as usual.

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Thanks, Michael, it really good to hear from you! Yes, I do a lot of recycling of older pieces. I don’t think the one I cut up is going to become anything, but you never know!

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  6. Paige Wideman

    What a wonderful blog! Your work continues to inspire me.
    -Paige

    PS my new email is provided below.

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Paige, I’m so glad you like the new blog! I appreciate your kind words about my work. Thanks for visiting!

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  7. gloria stafford

    What a wonderful tour of your studio. Love your frisky pup. Hopefully she’ll soon settle down a bit. Always enjoy the beauty and intricacies of your work.

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Hi Gloria! thanks so much for the nice compliment! I, too, love to see other artists’ studios; I think it’s fascinating. My pup is adorable, but being a border collie mix, settling down could be a long ways off!

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  8. Nicci Mechler

    I wish I had the fortitude to do a studio pic, but mine’s too much of a mess rn. As always, I love seeing your work in progress & hearing something about your process. <3 I'm also a to-do list keeper and the length of it is epic. 😀 You're inspiring me toward (perhaps) updating my blog sometime soon. I'm really behind on that! xx

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Nicci, your studio couldn’t be worse than mine when I’m really into something. Thanks for visiting my new blog. I like it much better than the one I had on blogger; it looks more professional, and I can do a lot of different things now. Blogger is kind of limited. Sometimes my to-do list scares me. Do you ever feel that way? xo

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  9. Kathleen Piercefield

    Hi Sharmon,
    Your site and your blog are looking great! Nice to have a little glimpse into your studio; it looks like you have a great deal going on. Love the sweet pic of your pup!

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Kathleen, it’s great to hear from you! Thanks for the kind words. I do have a lot going on, sometimes too much, but I’m so lucky to be able to devote so much time to art! xo

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  10. Whitney-Anne Baker

    Hahahaha, the to-do list! I recognise so much of that. You’re crossing stuff of though, which is what counts. It all looks so good, Sharmon.

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Yes, I’m crossing stuff off, but I think I’m adding two more for each one I cross off! Thanks so much for visiting my blog, and for the kind words! xo

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  11. Donna Iona Drozda

    HOOOO HAAAAA!!!

    Very exciting to see and sense and feel what you are UP^ to 😉

    Love the new blog layout and nifty way that the images slide in from the margin to surprise the eye…which is what your beautiful work consistently does for me.

    BEAUTY-FULL

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Thank you, Donna; it’s great to see you here! You are always so sweet! I’m glad you like the new blog, but I still think yours puts mine to shame! xo

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  12. karen creamer

    Okay, woman, even your notes are artistic! I love seeing your amazing work…you were always talented, even as a child, but what you create now is just amazing. I stand in awe. <3 SO glad you stayed with your art. Too few of us did.

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Hi Karen! I appreciate the kind words. I had to stay with my art – it’s who I am. I tried to give it up once, but I was miserable. Good luck in the drawing!

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  13. Maya Sara Matthew

    Thank you for this opportunity to win a print of your work.
    I’ve been following your blog for sometime now but i need to go and update my bloglist with the url of your new blog.
    It’s so nice to be able to see your studio and work process. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Maya, it’s so nice to hear from you! I’m really glad you enjoyed the post. Good luck in the drawing!

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  14. Teri Hover

    So long since I have visited. LOVED the peek into your studio/ studio life. Inspirational and intriguingly accessable. I say intriguingly because the way you work makes so much sense to me, And without intending to be corny you and your blog in a way gave me permission to find a local artist group and commit/expand/return to art . Love your work and how you share your process. Xo Teri Hoover

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      I know, don’t you just love seeing how other artists do it? It’s so sweet of you to give me or my blog credit for any positive result regarding your art! I’m very much honored and humbled by that. Your work inspires me; I so love those baskets, and as always, envy your photography talent. So good to hear from you, Teri! xo

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  15. eric

    This is a wonderful view in your studio. The sneek peek at the collages and the cutting up is so recognizable:) Your new website looks great. Fingers crossed: I would love to win your print ( who not?) Best regards, eric

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Eric, thank you so much for visiting and for all the kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed seeing my studio; I love seeing other artists’ spaces myself. Good luck on the print!

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  16. Veronica Roth

    That’s beautiful Sharmon. I just realised that I forgot to write to you to tell you about my meetings with the art consultant. I’m such a butterfly brain! I’ll do that now.

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Hi, Veronica! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. And I think a brain full of butterflies might be a good thing!

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