News from Pausha’s Studio – March 2023The Rabbit attends an opening night of the “Surreal Women” show, it gets identified as a mutant, and the adventure with color continues.
Hello friends, followers and observers,
Having deleted all my social media accounts, I have deprived myself of an easy way to share my artistic adventures with you, and I've realized that I miss this sharing.
This update is an attempt to remedy that. Say what one may about the evils of social media, I can't deny that it is pleasant and fun to have my work seen, to let it out into the world, and see it making friends. Or enemies for that matter.
I shall endeavor to release monthly updates of my doings and creations and I hope you'll enjoy receiving it. I sure will enjoy creating it!
Pausha, and MU the Mindless Rabbit
SURREAL WOMENSURREALIST ART BY AMERICAN WOMEN
My drawing, The Watcher is included in a group show:
SURREALIST ART BY AMERICAN WOMEN
at the Sullivan Goss Gallery, in Santa Barbara, and I am tremendously honored. Being, as I am, a self-taught painter with no formal education therefore no credentials to speak of, it is quite validating to be invited to participate in a carefully curated show at a prestigious gallery.
Much as one can say that the outside recognition doesn't matter, that the value of art lies in one's own experience of creating, it does matter. To know that my work is "good enough" to be taken seriously, that I am good enough in terms of my skills, in terms of technique, for a gallery of certain standing to hang my work on its walls, matters quite a bit. Not only because it feels good to be accepted, recognized and validated, but also because it is a landmark by which I can judge the quality of my work.
Therefore I am all sorts of happy, and if you wish to take look at the show you can do it HERE.
RED IS THE NEW BLACK
Should you ever find yourself attending the opening of your own show, I highly recommend showing up in costume. Especially if you happen to be antisocial, grumpy, and generally uncomfortable around strangers.
The mask is a perfect shield to hide behind, the costume makes a statement without you having to say anything at all, and everyone wants to talk to you without the slightest amount of effort on your part. You can be safely hidden, and be the heart of the party, all at the same time.
Carrying a conversation is somewhat tricky, as the mask muffles sound very effectively, but then there is really nothing wrong with that.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST
There is no better motivation to keeping one's website updated than having no social media presence. After years of neglect, everything is up to date, all the recent works are duly posted so if you would to take a peek and see what I'm working at these days, you have only to click HERE.
It is all about color around here these days, which is a far departure from my usual black and white palette. It is an adventure, and a challenge, and a holy terror to be honest. But the truth of the matter is that an artist does not choose his medium - it is the medium that chooses the artist. My colored pencils have grabbed me by the neck and are dragging me, inexorably, towards paints and brushes, and there is little I can do other than try and keep up as best I can. Which is a story for another day, and another newsletter.
Follow Pausha down the rabbit hole!
A compilation of ancient fables illustrated with pieces from my “A Bird in the Hand” drawing collection is now available for your perusal and, hopefully, enjoyment.
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