Yes, they are trying to sell their wares but for us that should be an awesome thing, because you have the chance to acquire something with what I call a unique energy. I believe that if you surround yourself with such inspired creations, filled so much love, it will have a lasting impact on you. Now you may call me crazy, or some new age crazy and that will be fine, but I really believe it. If I have a choice of some mass produced print sold in a large retail store or a real work of art that contains the blood, sweat and tears of a real person…I’ll take that every day.
Much like the work I admire I love the people who are genuine, flawed and struggling, which is an incredible combination that brings out tremendous works. Wait I may be talking about myself, some of these fine people are doing just fine. Often this is not their main work but something done in their spare time which can be considerable. Instead of being a couch potato they are being diligent and adding something special that many people miss. I often say we are marketed to death; we buy many things that we truly don’t like because we believe that is what everyone else has so we should as well. I say, question what you think you like before your next purchase and consider something that was molded by rough dirty hands and a will to breathe real life into something special. This is not meant to be an advertisement but a call to surround yourself with things that at least have as much positive energy in them that they make you feel alive and inspire you to do that thing you always wanted to do. I met several artists there and wished I was in their shoes, showing their love what they do. One such person was Paul Fontana; he has paintings made from wax with oil paint in them. They were abstract and I was drawn into their layers of color and I desperately wanted to buy several. After thinking about it, I wished I had taken one home. Never fear, we exchanged contact information, facebook.com/galleriafontana, so I may soon have something new and beautiful to inspire me. He graciously let me photograph him and his booth, so I could spread the word for all artists we should be looking at. There is something about meeting the artist themselves, finding out how they do their craft and what drives them. Sufficient to say, I was inspired and isn’t that the point of this post. Mission accomplished.