It’s not everyday that you get to curate a show with your favourite artists, including those who inspired me to draw in the first place. Inviting these artists forced me to work harder, anything less than my best would be pointless-no excuses allowed. I wanted to put everything I learnt from my moleskine experiments into one sketch page, using crushed pastels and iridescent oil paint and every media I had.
I struggled from start to finish, had to combine three photos of a model I photographed, I redrew, repainted the face so many times I lost count. The scariest thing about committing my best was that I had no excuses, no matter how embarrassing the mistakes, or how long it took. The entire show is what I am most proud of and how it has brought many of us together. I went against good advice and included over 50 artists- an enormous task on top of my already busy schedule (4 group shows this month).
It’s funny that it happened because I couldn’t provide enough work for a solo show (too many group shows). I seem to always feel like I’m failing, and somehow with enough luck it works out for the best.
I am super humbled and inspired to be a part of it, and this is the first time I’ve felt part of an art community. Thanks to everyone who submitted inspiring art and for the support (you know who you are), I am looking forward to the show tomorrow night, see you there at Spoke Art, San Francisco!