Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Finding Joy

Henry Ward Beecher once said "One's best success comes after one's greatest disappointments". Trusting this to be true, I'm continuing to forge ahead and paint. Not because I might get juried into a prestigious show someday. Not because I feel like I should. Not even because I might make a sale. I'm continuing to paint because, quite simply, I enjoy it. Sometimes I can get unnecessarily bogged down worrying about what others think of me and by extension, my artwork, especially while holding a juried show rejection letter in my hands! In those moments, I may find myself moping along head-down, missing what is beautiful and joyous lying right under my nose. So tonight, I stopped to consider what makes my heart sing and remembered a spectacular sunset greeting me with open arms of brilliant color at the end of a bike ride on the Neuse River Greenway. And I decided to paint it, for no other reason than it made me happy. :-)
© 2014 Tammy Kaufman - The Waiting Game - soft pastels on Canson Touch paper 7.5" x 10.5"

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It's nothing personal...

But it still hurts. I've received two juried art show rejection letters in about as many weeks, one from the Yadkin Arts Council's "Eye of the Artist" show and the other from Tipping Paint Gallery's "Dog Days of Raleigh" show. And despite the intellectual understanding that having my artwork rejected for a juried show is nothing personal and not necessarily a rejection of me as an artist, that still doesn't quell the sting of rejection. I realize almost every artist faces such disappointment at various times - it's simply part of life - but this felt particularly blues-inducing for me. Maybe it was nothing more than the fact that I received multiple rejections (I submitted a total of six paintings for the two shows and all six were denied entry) in such a short time period that crumpled my confidence.

I'm going to give myself permission to be sad, discouraged and crestfallen for a little while, but will be back after a brief period to try, try again.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Why I always keep a sketchbook handy (yes, I am sketching in this photo) - inspiration is all around us...

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Art After Hours

I did it! My first Guest Artist show at a local gallery, The Storyteller's Bookstore here in downtown Wake Forest. The opening reception for my month-long pastel exhibit, which will run through August 7, was Friday evening at After After Hours, and I was absolutely thrilled to see so many of my dear friends and fellow artists stop by.
Me and Fellow Artist & Friend, Clarence, in front of my Guest Artist "wall" at Storyteller's Bookstore
It was such a joy to see so many friends and make some new ones, and I so very much enjoyed the opportunities to chat with people about my artwork and painting process. To top things off, a few pieces sold almost immediately and I trust they will bring as much joy to their new families as they brought me painting them. I was delighted to discover also that some of the local media even mentioned me and my show, including the Wake Weekly and Wake Forest Today - click on the newspaper titles to go to their respective articles. The exhibit will run through August 7, so if you're in the area, please do come by Storyteller's for a visit!

I'm so appreciative of all the wonderful people in my life, and the supportive and encouraging art community we have here in Wake Forest. Looking forward to the Next Big Thing - the Wake Forest Tour of Artists coming up September 6-7. I will be a participating artist, exhibiting several works as well as demonstrating my soft pastel techniques at Sunflower Studio & Gallery, and hope to see you all there!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sneak Preview

Here's just a sneak preview of part of my wall at Storyteller's Bookstore, where I'm honored to be the featured guest artist for the month of July. Many thanks to Anne Howard for doing such a lovely job of hanging everything!
All told, I have 46 original pastel paintings available for sale on the exhibit, along with postcards featuring 10 different images, and I can hardly wait to share my love of art with you at Art After Hours tomorrow evening, Friday July 11 from 5-9 p.m. in downtown Wake Forest.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Almost Time!

It's almost time - Art After Hours is fast approaching! I'm very excited about being the guest artist at Storyteller's Bookstore for July, and am really looking forward to the opening reception at Art After Hours coming up Friday evening. Paintings are all now matted and framed; everything has been priced, labeled and carefully packed in boxes, ready for delivery and hanging; and the press release/flyers have been printed and distributed:

I'm beside myself with anticipation and look forward to sharing my artwork with you all. :-)