Sunday, April 4, 2010

Wall of Scriber

Last year, when I was first armed with a digital camera, my goal was to get into one show. Have my artwork display at one public place. I tried and tried and tried. And accumulated rejection letters. One after the other. But then I finally got a break. And them some more.

One thing about exhibiting photography is that it is a cut throat world. I mean that literally. The photography world is not filled with nice people. They fight. A lot. And everyone wants an entire wall to themselves so they can display their art. I met this lady who I shall call Jane who always wanted a wall to herself. So it became a joke to me. The wall of Scriber. 

Since no one was that interested in my artwork, I created a gallery in my house and called it the Wall of Scriber.

As I explored my artistic side, I dabbled in painting and then encaustics. I was having fun. I met some painters and other artists and realized that it was a completely different world. While the photography world was full of negative people, the painters and artists welcomed me with open arms. They encouraged me and inspired me.

I remember one time when an artist friend of mine stopped by at my place. I was at work. My hubby was at home. We have known each other for years and our kids grew up together. She saw the wall that I had built in my house. When my hubby told me that she had stopped by, I was mortified. I had about 10 loads of laundry going on and my house was an utter mess. I called her up later on and apologized for the messy house. And you know what she said? 

I did not notice any laundry baskets. Or any laundry. I just saw the beautiful artwork on the wall.

Yep. That's what she said. And you know what? I believe her.

So she invited me to exhibit my stuff. And gave me an entire wall.

I had to share this with you. My latest show. All the artwork you see is mine. I have the Wall of Scriber:) Yeah!


Kala said...

What a wonderful comment your friend made. Well, I've not been in any shows nor do I intend to!

Ballerina Girl said...

Congratualtions... I am happy that you found your niche!


mythopolis said...

What cool news! The wall looks so happy dressed in your work!

Nicole said...

A big, big Congrats to you!
I am sooo happy for you :D!
That artwork and the wall looks gorgeous !
And yes, Photographers seem to be asses in most cases, no idea what's the deal with that :(

BLOGitse said...

Congrats! I'm very happy you have your own wall full of your own art!

Greetings from Casablanca!
We love it here!
Air is clean, traffic not bad, we can walk again! :)
Au revoir!


Scriber's Web said...

Kala: You are a smart woman! I like your strategy much better:)

BG: Me too! Gosh you've known me forever in the bloggy world and certainly seen some bad work from me:)

Mythos: Thank you! Who knew a wall could make me happy?

Nicole: Thank you! I am glad I have some decent pieces after lots of disasters:) Most photographers that I have run into are so negative! Oh well. I am so happy to have you as a friend:)

Blogitse: Congrats! Can't wait to hear more from Casablanca!

NicoleB said...

But I'm not a Pro ;)

Carol said...

Artist's are just as bad, if not worse, you just haven't been exposed to that side of it yet. Luckily, you found a group that's nice to you and that's really all that matters.

Unfortunately, this problem exists with all of the arts-music, dance, photography, visual arts-it's a very competitive atmosphere and it can be downright cutthroat at times. A byproduct of too many people for too few jobs, I'd guess.

Congrats on your wall of scriber. It looks spiffy.

NicoleB said...

That still doesn't make me a Pro in my eyes.
I think there should be a term like in golf like a 'Pro Am' Photographer :P

Not a Pro but a bit more than an Amateur :P

NicoleB said...

That still doesn't make me a Pro in my eyes.
I think there should be a term like in golf like a 'Pro Am' Photographer :P

Not a Pro but a bit more than an Amateur :P

Carol said...

Nicole, there is kind of a word for that.

Pro=somebody who makes their entire living from photography.
Semi-pro or commercial=somebody who sells work or maybe supplements their income with their photography.

Of course, there's no stopping somebody from being a "pro" and not making a lot of $$$ so somebody could, in theory, quit their day job, turn pro and starve-they'd still be a "pro" (technically speaking.)

That's why I came up with the best definition. "A professional photographer is somebody who can blow without spitting."


NicoleB said...

Nice definition, Carol :D

mythopolis said...

It is not an 'art economy' right now. And so, if you are trying to be artful in these times, it must be because your soul needs it. I think that's a good thing. Make Art, Not War!

Postcards from Wildwood said...

The Wall of Scriber is a beautiful thing! Your encaustics pieces look fantastic all grouped together like that. I love the bright colours together.