While living through unemployment, I had been spending time working on my encaustic process and decided to set up an etsy shop as well. While I hadn't finished setting the whole shop up, I was contacted by Melissa Shipley through Raw Artists to show some work at the August 20 show in Seattle. Melissa was really professional to work with and very encouraging, so I plunged in. Why not? My typical excuse--not enough time--certainly wasn't valid.
Neumos, the Capitol Hill club that hosted the event, is painted blood red and black inside. It's a dim concert-club on the main floor, with a classic speakeasy-style bar in the basement and a low-ceilinged loft for a VIP area upstairs. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis unofficially debuted their award-winning album The Heist there in 2012.
As I prepped for the show, spending hours and hours writing and designing the content cards, choosing which paintings to display, and deciding how to utilize my two 4x6 grids to the best advantage, my friend Juliann called one evening and mentioned that one of their live painters had dropped out of the evening at The Round, a local arts event. If I could get there in 15 minutes, I could fill in.
I've been thinking about painting at The Round for ages, but hadn't been brave enough to reach out myself. I showed up at the Fremont Abbey 20 minutes into the show. Juliann pointed me to the canvas, paints and brushes at the front of the room next to Clara, the other live painter.
The Round brings three bands or musicians together on the stage. Each group or individual presents one song in turn, punctuated by a poet's reading. There are three "rounds" to each show. While music and poetry swirled around me, I painted. It went faster than I expected. During the break, a few people asked questions. After the last song, I put my brushes down, chatted with Clara for a bit, and then stood at the back of the room so people felt free to come up and look at the paintings. This was a great intro to next week's art show with RAW.
|Damn you, wide-angle-lens. --Jana's right arm|
|Headshot reflects appropriate anxiety levels.|
Local family and friends came as well, including some recent acquaintances. Seriously, I'm SO grateful to have had new friends Chris and Julia come out, as well as Carolyn, Lydia, Lia, Juliann, Anne, Jay, and some other wonderful guests who didn't really know me at all, but came out on the strength of friend's recommendation (and a special shout out to Luz and Cole, who bought tickets and couldn't come due to accident and injury). I can hardly believe it, even now. Here are some photos from the show. to cover over my stumbling but honest gratitude to those who offered true support by buying tickets and just showing up on a Wednesday night in Capital Hill. You guys...you were living grace to me.