Really busy this morning, trying to wrap up some things here in the studio before my show at the Kada Gallery, Inward Bound, that opens this coming Saturday evening with a reception that begins at 6 PM with a short gallery talk and runs until 9 PM. Normally, the week before the Kada show is kind of easy in the studio as it’s the last show of my year but this year is a bit different as I have one more big event after this. As a result, my work schedule is a bit more full than it normally would be. But this is actually a good thing in that it allows me to focus on things other than the upcoming opening and the angst that always accompanies it.
It seems to be working as I don’t feel nearly as anxious as I often do a day or so before the opening. Maybe it’s the distraction of the work I’ have in front of me or maybe it’s the confidence I have in the strength of the work in this show. I think this is a really strong group of work, including the piece shown above, Cool and Free, and I know that it will hang beautifully in the gallery. I feel as though I’ve done my best and I’ve learned through the 35 or so solo shows that I’ve done over the years that no amount of anxiety will change that. So, I put thoughts of the show out of my mind and get back to work.
Here’s a little bit of music to work by. It’s Uncle Tupelo’s cover of Give Back the Key to My Heart, which was originally recorded by Texas legends The Sir Douglas Quintet featuring Doug Sahm, who sings on this track. Younger readers probably have no idea who Doug Sahm is but his She’s About a Mover will most likely ring a bell with most older readers.